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Jim "Freight Train" Matthews / Bio

I started playing drums at 12 years old. Only had 2-3 months of lesson, but practiced and played allot until I was about 24 years old. Years later I had the great pleasure of playing with the great Mike Wheeler Wildwood 1984, just after Mike put out his "Illusions" album. We played 3 months at the Top of the Holiday Inn on Pensacola Beach ( Talking about Gig with a View! Man) and had a ball. I was married the following year and for 26 years didn't play any music.

I relocated to Charleston SC in 2008, married Lisa Coopersmith, and my music career took off again. At 50, I bought a new drum kit and started playing again after joining Charleston's " Low Country Blues Club". I also started playing the Alto Sax in 2008. In 2009 Lisa and I were invited to visit Cross SC and jam with the Walls. We jamed that Saturday for most of the day and after that it was on!! For the next 2 years we played with Momma and The Redemption all over Charleston SC. The Walls becam part of our family and we enjoyed a close friendship and played some realy cool events over the next few years until a job change came and stopped the wonderfull ride in 2011 as I followed my primary income to Ft Worth Texas where I stayed for most of 2012 & 2013 absorbing the Texas Blues.

I relocated back to Pensacola Florida mid 2013 and have enjoyed meeting some great musicians in the area. I am looking forward to playing and recording with these awesome local talent. I am working on my first CD called "Ultra Lounge"where I play some smooth Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Nora Jones covers on the Alto and Tenor saxophone. Thanks to Lisa Coopersmith, Blane Butler, Greg Lufkus, Tommy Thunderfoot, the great Wall family ( Momma, Poppa, and JoJo ) in Charleston Sc, and Mike Bounds for helping me re-discover the music in my soul once again.

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Artist Name
Jim "Freight Train" Matthews
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Blues / R&B / Rock

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Pensacola, FL
Jim Matthews

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