Jim Stringer began his long music career in Kansas City leading his own band at the tender age of 12 in 1960. After many years of performing, touring and recording, in 1994, Stringer pulled up stakes and has since been living, working and, as always, honing his craft as guitarist, producer, and singer-songwriter, in the competitive but nurturing environment of Austin, Texas.
During that time, his guitar has been heard with more than 60 Austin artists, live or on record, including Ted Roddy, Wayne Hancock, Roger Wallace, Bo Porter, T Jarrod Bonta, Karen Poston and many others. His own AM Band has released five CDs and has been included on nearly two dozen compilations in the US and Europe.
Stringer, with the AM Band, has played throughout the US, and has been featured at festivals in the US and Europe. In addition to 300 plus unofficial "notSXSW" performances, Stringer has played many official SXSW shows, both with his own band and as a guitarist with other bands.
A busy producer for Austin artists, Stringer has helped about two dozen musicians with their recorded projects, including the now legendary "Travis County Pickin'" for HighTone's HMG label. TCP has become a standard in the libraries of guitar enthusiasts. Stringer's CD releases have consistently charted high on the Freeform American Roots Chart, including "Triskaidekaphilia" (#1 June 2008), and "Pick It Up" (#1 April 2016).
Jim Stringer and the AM Band hosts the bimonthly "Jim's Country Jam" at The Backstage, and continues a residency at Guero's Taco Bar on South Congress. Other projects include "StringSwing", a swing jazz trio with Sophia Johnson and Josh Hoag, and "Soul Twist", concentrating on early 60s soul music.
In 2007, Jim was inducted into the Kansas/Greater Kansas City Music Hall of Fame alongside such greats as Big Joe Turner, Jesse Stone, and Big Al Downing.