Since his grandfather, uncle’s and mother played music, Jim started off at an early age with the guitar and then banjo. Jim was one of the original members of Cedar Hill in the early 70's when they recorded their first album. He later worked for the Calton Family Band for one season in Branson, Missouri and then returned to Cedar Hill. After taking an extended leave from the music business, Jim started performing again and built Palm Recording Studio in Rogers, Arkansas, where he uses his engineering skills to provide a variety of audio and video recording services to artists and musicians. J.D. Crowe, Carl Jackson and Ben Eldridge were the banjo picker’s that had the most impact on Jim’s banjo style.