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Jim Page / Press

“50 Most Influential Musicians Jim Page If Seattle’s radical past has survived to the present day, it’s reflected in the political songs of Jim Page. A modern successor to Woody Guthrie and Earl Robinson, Page has been writing and singing around here since the early 1970s. The City of Seattle changed its restrictions against busking in 1974 after Page lobbied the mayor and city council, gathered public support, and testified at a public hearing. He developed his performing chops singing in the streets, and playing during the breaks in other musicians’ gigs at clubs and taverns like Pioneer Square’s Inside Passage. “You had 15 minutes to get their attention, hold it while you did your thing, and set them up for the hat pass,” he remembers. At some places, he would end up with more in the hat than the featured band was paid for the night. ”

“Jim has long since established himself as absolutely a “live” performer; a fairly exclusive group of artists whose performances go so far above and beyond their studio recordings that they can only be fully appreciated when on stage. “I want people to know what a song can do; that a song is a vocabulary tool; that it’s been taken from us and sold back and that we need to re-claim it.” When Jim sings it’s impossible not to notice that he has priorities that reach beyond the music. The quality that sets Jim apart is his unique ability to bring forth spontaneous rhyme that’s fresh, biting, funny, newsy and totally in sync. Listeners are always amazed on first hearing him in the immediate moment and will walk away muttering things like “I can’t believe he did that!” I’m sure it’s one of the reasons so many people return to see him and crowd around his stages at festivals. ”

““Jim Page is a lyrical genius with a guitar. This man personifies the word ‘free-flow.’ Page takes to the mic and the song invents itself on the spot; his talent is a natural wonder.””

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