Jim Callahan

I saw the birth of rock n roll

I was there when it happened. I was listening to my transistor radio when they played Rocket 88, and Burn That Candle, and The Fat Man. And I was at the local Coffee Shop when the First Sun Records were added to the jukebox. Although that's not what I write today, I was strongly influenced by the magic.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Wow, some of these questions could take awhile to answer. Music is my life, my inspiration, my songs are both my questions and my answers. They are my hopes, fears, my record of existence and my contribution to life on earth.

What is your music dream?

My music dreams have already come true ... one song, one moment, one word, one note reached the listeners heart.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Mystery Train - (young) Elvis Presley. I found, and still find the song to be both hypnotic and energizing. Every facet of that recording, I think, was perfection. The bass, the lead guitar, the drum, and the vocal ... all perfect.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Marc Chesnut, Garth Brooks, Doug Stone, The Chordettes, Argo Guthrie, and the list goes on ...

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I'm not usually sending a message, i'm usually reporting the news. I write a lot based on the events in my life or the life of those around me.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

i try to not get caught up in the grandiose of performing, and try to stay in the "one song, one listener, and me" framework.

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble - So far so good, although I'm still working through it.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

My frustration comes, usually, from too many distractions

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes I do. I try to get out a few times a month to see other acts. I mentor some local singer/songwriters and have reached when i hear of someone in need.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I do not know the answer to this .. wish i did.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Claire Kelly is someone to look up.