I have a lifelong love of all things pertaining to music. It is my passion. It is who I am.
I grew up watching my dad play drums in cover bands. From an early age, I enjoyed hearing him play both rock and country. I got my first guitar in 1987. Steve Lockridge started showing me a few things and soon became my mentor and lifelong friend. I played in a couple of Christian rock bands with Steve from 1987-1992.
After marrying my high school sweetheart and starting a family, I began playing country music. I eventually moved to Nashville, had a manager and did a lot of demo work. My time in the Music City was a blast but it kept me away from my family for extended periods of time. I moved back to the River Valley area and have enjoyed singing, playing guitar, drums and bass in various bands ever since.
It’s funny how things always come back around full circle. I am honored to be playing music with Steve again, as well as the other members of Bordertown. My time in Nashville taught me that family always comes first. That’s what makes this band so unique and special. We are more than a group of dedicated professional musicians. We are a family.
I started playing guitar in December 1983. By listening to everything I could get my hands on with LA and Nashville session guitarists on it, my playing progressed rapidly
By early 1985, I was asked to play with some of the best musicians in the River Valley. One member of that band, Anthony Sallee, played professionally with Whiteheart, Michael W. Smith, Phil Keaggy, John Elefante, and several other artists as a session bassist. Playing with guys who were better than me helped to improve my playing even more.
In 1991, some good friends and I formed the band Nehemiah. That band included Bordertown vocalist/guitarist Chad Jasna. Nehemiah released its first album, “Dangerous”, in 1993. Nehemiah became a regional success and attracted the ear of several industry people. Mark Clay, bassist for Nehemiah from 1992 to 1994, was recruited into a professional gig and has been the bassist for legendary Christian group Newsong for several years. In 2005, Nehemiah retired.
I am so honored to play with the guys in Bordertown. I have known most of the guys in the band at least 30 years and they are like family. They are great musicians and singers and I am having a blast learning to play some country which I’ve never done before!
I come from a very musical family. We are largely from the Arkansas and Missouri On my father’s side, they were all bluegrass and Texas swing musicians. I used to go out to the country and watch in awe as they could really play.
My mother’s people were classical and jazz musicians. My grandmother was a classically trained pianist and my grandfather played jazz saxophone in the 20’s and 30’s. My grandfather taught me to play sax and read music. I joined the junior high band and played saxophone in the 7th grade.
I started trying to teach myself piano around the age of 6. I couldn’t sit still for formal lessons at that age. As I grew older, I would record music off of the radio and learn to play by ear.
I grew up for the most part in Fort Smith. My first band was the Silver Fleas in 1976, with three friends from Chaffin Junior High School. We played our first gig in the gym for a talent show. We were terrible but didn’t know it.
I played some in high school, but really started seriously in the early 80’s. I’ve played keyboards throughout the 80’s in various working bands. My career in music includes playing professionally and opening up for national artist Darius Rucker, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Phil Driscoll, The Okaysions, Hank Williams Jr, Neal McCoy, David Allen Coe, Pirates of the Mississippi, and Confederate Railroad to name a few. I have played all over east of the Mississippi and also toured in Japan for a month with the band Tin Pan Alley.
My musical influences are all over the map. I like everything for the most part. Professionally, I’ve played rock, country and beach/R&B for most of my career. From the mid 90’s until 2010, I’ve played and lead worship in various churches as music director and musician. I’m particularly fond of 70’s-80’s keyboard oriented pop and rock.
As I enter the back half of my 50’s, music is all about having a good time playing music I like with people I like. I’m really excited to be a part of Bordertown and looking forward to playing with talented musicians again.
I started playing bass the summer after the 9th grade, when I was 14 years old. I had a friend who played guitar so I picked up the bass. We mainly played as a garage band just for fun. Later on in high school, we formed a band called Dragon. We wore matching Jimi Hendrix-style t-shirts. We looked ridiculous. Dragon played in our high school talent show and blew everyone away. I also played with other friends for other events. Needless to say, I was hooked on the bass.
Over time, I played with several local bands: The Shift, G.T. Hood, Watchmen The ET Praise Band, Troublemakers, and countless backyard jam sessions. Some with one of my favorite guitarists, Gary Hutchison.
I am extremely honored to play with the other guys in Bordertown and I am ready to kick it.
Jim started playing drums at the age of eight. His two older brothers inspired him to play, who were both already accomplished musicians. By the age of 14 he was able to join his brothers on stage and was a vital member of the band and proceeded to perform all over the Midwest. After high school Jim enrolled at the University of North Texas and proceeded to pursue a degree in Jazz performance. After a few years Jim realized he wanted to move to Los Angeles, CA, and pursue a career in the music business. For the next 10 years Jim was seen playing all over Southern California as a hired gun, doing session work, club gigs, showcase gigs, casinos, etc.
Jim has performed with: Larry Seymour, John Welch, Joshua Seth Eagan, Dirk Dalton, Members of Tower of Power, Gabriel Katona, to name a few…