Jimmy began learning guitar in 1958 at 10 years of age. Even with 60 years of experience he stills considers himself a student From the early years in a Rock and Roll band with his brother and two sisters to today, as primarily a solo guitarist, He has had many opportunities to increase the knowledge of his instrument and develop a smooth melodic style. Influences range from Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Pop, Classic Rock, and Jazz. Through the years his stye has been influenced by many varied guitarists including The Ventures, Dwayne Eddie, B.B. King, Eric Claption, John McLaughlin, George Benson, and many others. He became a 'professional' musician when he moved from his hometown, Hartsville, SC, to Charleston, SC in the late 60's to play full time with a rock group. In 1972 he joined a group, Mr. Wizard, in Newport News, Virginia. He became a big fan of jazz during the early 70's and moved to Raleigh, NC in 1976 to play with Adele Foster and Upfront. Today he is still playing, and occasionally include vocals in his performances, but the primary focus is on solo guitar with background tracks on which he plays all the instruments myself. His interest is in providing pleasant easy listening background music for restaurants, country clubs, retirement communities, wine tastings, art shows, and corporate and private events.