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Jim Ragland returned to performing as a singer, songwriter and guitarist 2006 after a 25 year break. He played folk-rock in NYC in the 70s, then in 1980 started scoring music for Off-Off-Broadway shows, and went on to a have a long career as a musical composer and sound designer for theater, with credits that include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production of The Kentucky Cycle with Stacy Keach, and hundreds of other shows, from Greek tragedies to children's theater, from the fringe to The Kennedy Center and major productions at many of America's top regional theaters, most recently Death of a Salesman at South Coast Rep.
You can hear his theater music at www.musicues.com
In 2006, Jim left his job teaching guitar and studio production at Seattle University, and began producing other songwriters, playing clubs and doing studio work, first in Seattle, then Portland, then Nashville, then Los Angeles. In 2011, he moved to the Austin area, where he is grateful to find audiences that seem to like his songs, clubs that ask him to play, and creative projects with terrific musicians.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2005 Gregory Falls Award for Sustained Acheivement in The
Theater, Theater Puget Sound, to one individual each year
Argossy Award (Seattle)
Jefferson Award (nom) (Chicago)
Bay Area Critic’s Award (nom) (San Francisco)
Footlight Award (s) 1998/1999/2000/2002 (Seattle Times).