Production

Jim has been producing and engineering records since his start in Nashville in 1996 and has appeared on over 50 albums and projects as a producer, studio musician, engineer, and writer. He is an example of a musician who has worked on "both sides of the glass" as a Nashville studio musician and as a studio owner.  He is available to help you produce your project of any size.  Production duties include finding an appropriate room at the right price point, hiring players, controlling the budget, musical arrangements, musical and technical considerations.  Plus you get Jim's extensive knowledge of percussion to add beautiful and exotic sounds to your mixes.  He uses a Universal Audio platform with Cubase and Ableton Live. He has premium microphones, preamps and API, Neve and SSL and Waves plugins. 

The tracks are compatible with any DAW system including ProTools. 

All Music Discography
Personal Discography

      The Tao of Time  Producer, Writer, All Instruments, Engineering, Mixing Release Fall 2016
      Craicdown  Roads
 Producer, Percussion and Drums, Engineer, Editing, Writer 2010 Full Description
      CapeTown  Waka Waka  Producer, Percussion, Engineer, Writer 2003 Full Description
      Two Traditions  Balaphon, Banjo, Fiddle, And Drum  Producer, Writer, Percussion 1999 Full Description      
      Ancient Hand  Tranze is the Danze Producer, Artist, percussion, Writer 1997 Full Description

  
 

Production History 

In 1996, Jim embarked on a production career with the start of two albums, Ancient HandTranze is the Danze and Two Traditions, Balaphon , Banjo, Fiddle and Drum Horse Flies members Jeff Claus and Judy Hyman.  During the recording of Tranze is the Danze,  Jim was able to bring together a unique palate of sounds, combining acoustic drums and old time instruments with electric processed guitar and vocals from 8 different singers. This began his journey of sonic possibilities.  In the summer of 1996, Jim went to Ithaca, NY where he played with the Horse Flies at the Grassroots Festival.  He came back in October and recorded the beginning tracks for Two Traditions with the Horse Flies old time music and 3 drummers, aka a wall of sound. Other tracks would be added later but the project was exciting on many levels. Coupled with doing sessions in Nashville, Jim became fascinated with art of production. He meet engineers Neal Cappellino and Daniel Summer who taught him microphone techniques, gear tricks and other studio wizardry. He was further inspired by co-producing and playing percussion for guitarist Shane Theriot’s first album, Hwy 90.  The band included Flecktone bassist Victor Wooten, Neville Brother drummer Willie Green, and keyboardist, Johnny Neel.  In addition Wooten was recording a majority of his double album, Ying Yang in Jim’s home   Jim was able to observe the recording of the album and play on play on it.  Wooten was using the latest technology at the time, a pair of linked Roland Digital Recorders.  Jim also recorded percussion on his project for Taylor Guitar,  Sounds of Wood and Steel Vol. 2.  With this flurry of recording, Jim was overly inspired by the recording arts.  By 1999, Jim had enrolled in the first graduating class of the SAE Institute Nashville and finished his degree in June 2000 when he opened Kalimba StudioKalimba Studio was a unique space on the side of his house with walls made from 100 year old, Oak, Cherry and Chestnut wood and afforded all the luxury of a warm room.  It was located the beautiful Oak Hill neighborhood, 5 minutes’ walk from Radnor Lake State Park.  In his first year he was assisted by engineer Phil Wolfe. 

From that beginning, went on to record demo, albums and his own projects such as CapeTown Waka Waka co-produced by Paul Peterson and Phil Wolfe.  Jim also produced/engineered other Nashville projects such as Secret Commonwealth’s Uninvited Guests and Irish fiddler Cady Finlayson’s albums, Harp and ShamrockShines Like Silver, and Irish Coffee

In 2006, Jim moved to Chapel Hill, NC and reopened a small studio where he records drum and instrument overdubs and mixes. He has produced a classical/jazz ASCAP and BMI award winning artist, Nate Beversluis. His epic pieces include the The Crossing and Pictures from Point Reyes. In additional, he co-produced and co-engineered Craicdown Roads. This music is called World Acousticana to match the interesting and unique combinations of sounds that the band produces with percussion/drum set, accordion, guitar, fiddle, Irish flute and voacls. This band was one of his working bands in the Chapel Hill area. He is available to help you produce your project of any size. Production duties include finding an appropriate room at the right price point, hiring players, controlling the budget, musical arrangements, musical and technical considerations.