Jimmy Razor a.k.a. Jim Hutter is a veteran of the Columbus original rock scene, having played with The Epicureans, Roswell Beach, The Revolvers, and the Moops. Currently, he has taken to performing his own brand of 'fifties rock ‘n’ roll, blending the simplicity of pre-psychedelia with post-punk energy and irreverence.
Jimmy Razor has harbored a love of early rock ‘n’ roll for most of his life. Discovering punk in the ‘eighties, Jimmy embraced the “Do It Yourself” mentality, liberally applying it to every note he has ever played. As a solo artist, the end result is a stripped-down take on roots rock that owes as much to Buddy Holly as it does The Ramones.
Razor unabashedly wears his rock ‘n’ roll passions on his sleeve. Keeping the tempo energetic and the attitude subtly rebellious, he performs a mix of originals and classics (initially with only his voice and guitar). Bucking the current trends, Jimmy Razor unashamedly throws in tunes by the likes of Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Nick Lowe, and The Ramones, all in the name of keeping things simple and unpretentious.
Most recently, Jimmy Razor has assembled a full band, using the classic Buddy Holly and the Crickets lineup. Joining Razor are lead guitarist Chris Olson, bassist John Colarossi, and drummer Michael Fridley. Their presence adds more of a rock 'n' roll punch to Jimmy Razor's take on Americana and roots-rock.
How authentic is the sound of Jimmy Razor and band? They have been invited to share the stage with original 1950's rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef and earned praise from the senior musician for their efforts. That is high praise, indeed.