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Jim Carrick, St Augustine's extraordinary singer and fingerstyle guitarist, is no newcomer to the acoustic music scene. He is descended from real folk roots, his father being a Tennessee mountain fiddler who moved to Florida to work on the railroad. Music was always a part of Jim's life. A chance encounter with the legendary storyteller and fingerstyle guitarist Gamble Rogers left Jim with a thump pick and a new lifelong friend.
Like so many before him, Jim paid his dues in Nashville. He toured with the renowned singer songwriter Steve Young. A touring solo gig had Jim opening for such legendary acts as Barbara Mandrell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams Jr.,Charlie Daniels, and Boxcar Willie, just to mention a few.
The director of Florida Folk Festival, Ken Crawford, writes that Jim "puts the feel of 'real America' into every song he does. He sings about what hurts us and what helps us....and puts us at home with ourselves when we listen." Jan Glidwell, St. Pete. Times, writes that Jim "sings and plays in that magical place that athletes and musicians call 'the zone', where things flow and happen as they should and everyone in the audience knows it."
What sets great performers apart from the masses is their ability to withstand the test of time. Jim does that, he is a great performer who has come into his own time.
Bob Patterson/Artistic Director
Gamble Rogers Folk Festival