Jimmy was born in 1947, the fourth of seven children. His father was a farmer while his mother stayed at home and raised the children. His father would come home after a long day and the family would gather around on the front porch while daddy played his guitar. Other members of the family were also talented musicians. Aunt Frances used to sit and play guitar with Jimmy's daddy. His oldest sister, Marlene, played piano while his older brother, Buddy, was learning the guitar, and his older sister, Becky, loved singing. Jimmy was highly influenced by his musical family and wanted to learn to play the guitar, but his father died in 1958 before he could teach him. His aunt took on that responsiblity and Jimmy has been playing ever since. In the early 60's Buddy, started a rock and roll band, The Toledos, that included the sisters Marlene and Becky. Jimmy was learning fast and Buddy had him playing in the group when he was about 13. Although quite young, Jimmy was gaining valuable experience playing in clubs, restaurants, stage shows, and every now and then appearing on a local country music tv show. His favorite music to play was by The Ventures, Duane Eddy, and other guitarists of the day, but he was also exposed to Blues in those days. In High School most of the bands he played with were into Carolina Beach Music and he played in those bands, Country bands, and Rock and Roll bands all through his High School years. After graduating school in 1966 he played with a seven piece band in Sumter, SC, The Soul Exciters. This group of musicians included three horn players. providing more valuable experience playing with different band configurations. He became a 'professional' musician when moved to Charleston, SC in the late 60's to play full time with a rock group, Headstoned Circus. In 1972 he joined a group, Mr. Wizard, in Newport News, Virginia, another group that incorporated horns in their band. He became a big fan of jazz and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1976 to play with Adele Foster and Upfront. Today he resides in Wendell, NC, a small town just outside Raleigh with his wife, Sylvia.
His experience with these and other various groups over the years has enabled him to develop his own smooth and mellow style with a blend of blues, rock, country, folk, and jazz.
As a solo guitarist he is available for a variety of venues including club dates, private parties, wine tastings, and art shows. Enchanced by background tracks he has pre-recorded and live loop tracks, he attempts to provide his audience with a richer listening experience than can be experienced with most solo artists.