Jim Davis






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

From the age of 15 I discovered that music was a way for me to share experiences, ask questions, and communicate feelings in a better way than writing or speaking. I was shy and introverted, but music allowed me to express what I could not just say.

What is your music dream?

Interesting question because I literally dream new songs, and actually remember some of them when I wake up. My music dream is to have some of my songs covered by other artists and perform my songs live.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

My experience has been that if you can communicate openly and honestly, without being judgmental, with another human being, there is very little that can not be understood and resolved. Understanding is more important than agreement, but we have lost the ability to listen.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"Shake Your Money Maker" by Elmore James.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Elmore James, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, The Band, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Rollingstones, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and a zillion more.

What inspires you to make music?

Playing music alone is a way to express/vent feelings. I tend to play what I feel, i.e. sad songs when I am feeling hurt or sad, and loud and fast songs when I am either happy or angry. When I was younger, the romance and/or pain of relationships was a major inspiration for song writing. Now it is still that, along with ideas that come from something I see, feel, hear or experience. Sometimes as little as a sentence can turn into a full song.

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

Most of my songs are about love won, love risked and/or love lost, which is a universal experience. I want to connect with listeners by giving them music that they can relate to on a personal level.

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

Always anxious at the beginning, but after a couple of songs I relax and get into the zone. After that it is about pacing the songs properly and making sure my audience is entertained.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

When I was playing with bands back in the mid 1960s, a self-promoted four piece group could easily find weekly gigs that paid $100, the equivalent to about $800 in 2019. Now, unless you are established and have management, everything is pay for play. On the positive side, due to the incredible advances in computer and recording technology it is easy to produce studio quality recordings in a home studio and to release music online without a label.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think Drooble will help me advance my music and fan base and look forward to working with them.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Mixing, especially vocals.

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

I support local musicians by subscribing to numerous artist platforms like Reverbnation, SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I listen to, subscribe and comment on fellow artists. I also subsribe to local music associations.

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

Humility and perserverance.

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

The Dead South, Steve Hill, Patty Gurdy, The Hu