Jim Ramsey is a Chattanooga-based singer/songwriter whose romantic, Celtic-tinged folk rock blends British progressive influences with a dash of Scenic City soul. His songs chronicle life in the South, extending the Appalachian folk music tradition into the 21st century. Inspired by the beauty of the Tennessee Valley and infused with archetypal images and social commentary, Jim's lyrics express the quintessence of his experience in the universal meeting place between spirit and the flesh. In his review of Jim's visionary album in The Pulse of November 18, 2015, Marc Michael writes, “Jim Ramsey's On the Dying Breath of Wisdom is simply lovely music. Contemporary folk...The music is pure retro and pure gold." Jim's music has recently been dominating the ReverbNation local charts (#1 in the folk genre in December, 2015), and he is coming off well received performances at the Wired Coffee Bar and Barking Legs Theater.
Jim is also an Interfaith Minister and although his lyrics are not overtly religious, because his music emanates directly from his soul he considers it "sacred music," and includes it as part of his ministry. Jim sings and plays only his original songs (no covers) in a 1 or 2-hour solo acoustic format. He can use his own amplification for small venue performances but larger venues will need to provide backline.
Jim's 12-string guitar driven chill Southern folk sound is the perfect accompaniment for fine dining establishments, cafes, wedding receptions, house concerts, community events, country fairs, river cruises, or anyone who desires to add a touch of musical class to their event or venue. Price varies, depending on size of venue, distance from Chattanooga, and length of set, but if you think you can't find excellent live music at a reasonable price, you're wrong! Jim will work out a acceptable offer for you, so you can't afford not to give him a try. Book Jim today. You won't be disappointed!
Genres/Influences: Folk, folk rock, progressive folk, contemporary folk, Celtic rock, adult contemporary, soft rock, progressive rock. Especially British folk rock of the 70s/80s (Al Stewart, Strawbs, Sandy Denny, Renaissance, Yes, Fairport Convention, Alan Parsons, Rick Wakeman, Chris de Burgh, Nick Drake, Jethro Tull, Pentangle, Moody Blues).