Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim Bachmann.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My grandpa on my mom’s side had a family band with 2 of his sons in upstate New York in the early 70’s. Gramp was the picker; Uncle Bob was the front man and Uncle Ed played the bass. They were a countryish band playing four nights a week at Artie’s Tavern calling themselves ‘Border Patrol.’ My dad was in the Air Force at that time and stationed at Hancock, and a buddy of his told him he had to go check these guys out. As fate would have it, my dad walks in, meets my mom, and the rest is history. Music was everywhere growing up, and that’s all I really wanted to do. My uncle Leonard Skinner gave me my first guitar when I was probably five years old, and my grandpa used to build them, so I always had one around. Every barbecue, every road trip, every family function had music playing. I just never stopped. I’ve self-released a couple of albums in the last few years and am finishing up an album with Sean Cooney at 3-Leaf Studios in Phoenix that we’re hoping to have out early summer.
Please tell us about your art.
My music tends to lean on older sounds. My favorite artists have always been the ones that don’t fit perfectly in a box or are outliers. I think I follow that path in that regard. My inspiration is the every day, day to day; seeing beauty in the things we take for granted – and knowing we’re all in this thing together.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Don’t stop. Don’t put your guitar away when you set it down; You have to create your art and do what you have to do. It’s not always going to pay the bills, and there’s no shame in taking side jobs to fill the gaps when it doesn’t. You’re going to have to hustle and sometimes take gigs you don’t want to, but there is always something to be learned from every single one of them – somebody to meet, experience to be gained. There is always something to take from it. It’s a hard, crazy road to take but doing what you love? You can’t beat that.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I play pretty regularly around the Phoenix Metro area in a few different capacities. I have a schedule online at jimbachmann.net where you can find all of my solo and band related gigs. I also have music available on all of the regular avenues – Spotify, iTunes, youtube, etc.
- Website: jimbachmann.net
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jim.bachmann
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimbachmann
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimbachmann
Elaine Thomas Campbell