I’m a writer, artist, singer, songwriter and musician. My fiction and artwork have appeared in various print and online journals. Working as a freelancer in the ’80s and ’90s, I interviewed a host of subjects from the arts, including such legends as Gore Vidal, Muddy Waters, Steve Allen, Carl Perkins, Willie Dixon, Nicolas Roeg, Bo Diddley, Steve Cropper, Dick Cavett, Albert Collins, Jean Shepherd, Joey Ramone, and Tony Bennett. My pieces have been published in Playboy, Cinema Retro, Best Classic Bands, Starlog, Guitar World, Guitar For the Practicing Musician, Prevue, and my hometown newspaper the Reading Eagle.
In my musical life, I’ve written and recorded songs that were used on a number of television shows including Young Sheldon, Fresh Off the Boat, Burn Notice, Fresh Off the Boat, My Name is Earl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Vanished, as well as in the independent feature film Neo Ned (starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union). Veteran bluesman Benny Turner has used lyrics I wrote for a song he composed entitled “Who Sang It First.”
Fronting my own band, I have been a supporting act for such artists as Ian McLagan, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Simon Kirke, Walter Wolfman Washington, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Eddie Money, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Johnny A, The Holmes Brothers, Trampled Under Foot and Gary Hoey, among others.
I have written two books–Jim Shorts, a collection of humorous stories, poems and line drawings, and My Mind’s Eyeful, an illustrated children’s book, both available as PDFs directly from me. Anyone interested should contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org