Jim was raised in the small city of Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Even as a baby, the only way to get him to stop crying was to take him in the other room and play Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" on the family's jukebox. At age 10 he received his first guitar and began taking lessons from his father. When he couldn't learn anymore, he began lessons at Mark's Music (just in town). There, he would further gain the knowledge that would form his musical background. Learning various styles like classical, blues, rock, swing & jazz, at age 14 he decided to go about his own way. At age 16 he heard bluegrass music for the first time and decided to take on the banjo. From there, he eventually picked up the mandolin, dobro, bass fiddle and ukelele.


Jim first stepped onto the music scene in 2007 with a trio bluegrass group called "The Doghouse Three" with fello musicians TC Conner on the guitar, Phil Leach on the bass and himself on the banjo. When he graduated High School in 2008, he moved to Flowery Branch, GA where he would stay until later that year when he decided to return home. Upon returning, he formed another bluegrass trio group called "Linefork" with Chris Booher on the bass and TC Conner on the guitar. That group ran for 3 years until he met Jeff Scheller and formed the hard-driving five-piece bluegrass group "Midnight Drive". With Midnight Drive, Jim went to Nashville where they recorded their 1st self-titled album with grammy-award winning producer Randy Kohrs at his personal studio, "Slack Key"- slackkeystudio.comin late 2011.


For the past years since 2011, Jim has enjoyed writing music, doing studio work and playing gigs with local-based regional bands such as Midnight Rooster (swing), Mandolin Whiskey (blues/acoustic rock), Allegheny Drifters (bluegrass), The Millbillys (electric blues/rock) and The Dempseytown Ramblers (bluegrass).