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EARTH CD

“Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.
According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago.
Earth's gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite.” (Wikipedia)

No subject has been more prominent in my music over the years, than environmental stability.
Ecological balance is frequently a theme in my songs and a cause I’ve long supported in various ways.
I’ve played “No Nukes” concerts, festivals, benefits for Greenpeace, Wild Basin, and American Rivers;
and I proudly sang at Earth Day celebrations in three states.

This album came about after a wave of muse-inspired songwriting and recording.
One of those muses—my friend Rebecca Jim—asked me to write a song for Tar Creek,
an environmental clean-up site near her home in Miami, Oklahoma.
That was followed by an instrumental piece called Scenic Mountain Suite
for a mountain and state park in Big Spring, Texas.

I wrote the title song for E A R T H, while visualizing this collection of environmental songs,
and it has grown to include some worthy stalwarts from my earlier catalogue...
Nuclear Arms, Song of the Big Bend, and Gone are the Grizzlies.
The zenith of six months of work and inspiration, was a new song called
Above the Timberline, co-written by Leslie Stricklan, a woman of many talents.

On a sunny December Texas day, Leslie and I sat on our screened back porch and sang songs.
One that came to me and wouldn’t go away, was “Nature’s Way,”
an early environmental song by the band SPIRIT in 1972.
Well, it was obviously Nature’s Way of telling me I should record an updated acoustic version of this classic;
so, with Leslie’s help (on bongos), it was done!

It’s my fervent hope that this modest bunch of environmental songs will open the eyes and hearts
of many people on E A R T H, and help bring about the kind of change that can save us,
and make a better world for future generations of all connected living species. ~js~

RELEASED MARCH 1, 2019!

$10 with Paypal


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JIM & JOEY - TALE OF TWO CD

When I first worked with Joey Colarusso, (at a 1997 recording session), he was already an enormously talented young man.
Joey had overcome a serious health challenge in his boyhood, rising to a surprising level of skill that, decades later,
would lead him to doctoral status in music--becoming a beloved teacher, husband, and father. Today, Joey loves playing
jazz and mariachi music with his students, and also with many renowned entertainers, including jazz combos, traditional
Big Band ensembles, and touring rock-a-billy rebels.

On the recording side, he is a creative, consumate professional. It's been an honor having Joey play on my albums
over the years, and a blessing to have developed a genunine friendship with such a humble, caring individual.
The JIM & JOEY CD project is a celebration of that friendship, spanning two decades,
with a curated collection of tracks from my albums, plus a pair of new recordings made this spring at
Parrot Tracks Studio in Manchaca, Texas--engineered by George Coyne.
It's my way to say THANKS to one of Texas' most gifted players, Joey Colarusso! ~js~

$10 with paypal


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50 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC - A MUSICAL MEMOIR & BACKSTAGE PASS
$4.99 E-BOOK from bookbaby.com

A narrative and photographic memoir highlighting the journey of an independent performing songwriter
from the days of vinyl and intimate coffee house performance art,
into the realm of compact discs, YouTube videos, and digital downloads.
Stricklan takes you along on his adventures of writing hundreds of songs,
recording, and performing music with a stunning array of gifted friends and colleagues.
From the shores of Ambergris Caye and bayous of Louisiana, to the Texas honky tonks
and legendary coffee houses nestled in the Rocky Mountains...
this a true tale about 50 years of making music, featuring over a hundred vintage photographs.
Jim's complete discography, CD catalogue, rare posters, and a player's' honor roll are included.




MUSIC MOUNTAIN
Experience the exciting music, mountains, mystery and romance, of 1980's Colorado.

Songwriter Justin Locke has all the talent to make it big,
yet can't seem to catch a break until a mysterious angel waltzes
into his life in a notorious mountain saloon in Evergreen, Colorado.
When a powerful music critic tries to destroy Justin's blossoming career,
a turbulent chain of events is unleashed. Driven by his passion for music,
Justin risks losing the love of his life, his friends, and even his amazing band
- on a wild, treacherous journey to the top of Music Mountain.

$10 Paper back copy



E-books available through Outskirts Press



FRM 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT SIMM'S IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 2016
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Front Room Music as “a publishing house and song treasury” began as idea of mine in 1973, around the time I left KBPI-FM.
That’s where my musical odyssey began; playing in front rooms, back yards, and some rather amazing Denver coffee houses.
The songwriters and artists who made music then and there are forever woven into the fabric of my musical and spiritual existence.
In 1976 FRM became official, up in Colorado. That year coincided with Centennial and Bi-Centennial celebrations
and my song "No Resistance" was getting good airplay, so it seemed like an excellent time to launch Front Room Music.








EVENTS ARCHIVE:

"BACK TO THE GARDEN" YARD CONCERTS Read more
ANNUAL SHOWS AT HILL'S CAFE IN AUSTIN Read more
BERTHOUD COLORADO FARM FEST Read more
SWALLOW HILL CONCERTS IN DENVER Readmore
JIM'S 60TH BIRTHDAY at Brook Forest Inn Read more

BOOKING:
Contact us at leslie@frontroommusic.com for JIM STRICKLAN (solo or band).
We specialize in festivals, house concerts, and private events.
Jim is also a skilled narrator and does top-notch professional voice work.


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