Jim was featured in this 2012 documentary by Emmy-winning writer-producer, Marc Fields, and the Project’s Music Director, Tony Trischka, a banjo virtuoso and one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation. More about the documentary and additional video clips can be found on the project homepage.

The documentary is available for purchase on Amazon.

Give Me the Banjo


The piano may do for lovesick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles, and slate pencils. But give me the banjo. . . When you want genuine music—music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whiskey…ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose—when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!

~ Mark Twain, Early Tales and Sketches, Vol 2 (1864-65)