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Sand in the Water CD cover SAND IN THE WATER CD by JACK MATHES

COMING SOON! Early May!
The long-awited second album by Jack Mathes, following Nothing Fancy in 2010.
When Jack and Artyce visited Austin in 2017, we arranged a recording session at Parrot Tracks, south of Austin.
After an uplifting song circle the previous night, Jack sang and played his trusty Seagull,
laying down live vocal & guitar tracks of a dozen songs, mostly original.
I was honored to produce this album featuring musicians Charles Ditto, Greg Lowry, and George Coyne, among others.
Jack will be writing liner notes about the songs, but meanwhile we wanted to announce the album is coming soon
with 10 songs plus an awesome instrumental mix of the title track: Sand in the Water.
Album cover art is a collaboration between Anna Robison-Mathes and Michelle Rahbar.
Look for videos this year on YouTube, on the Jim Stricklan channel.
















ONE CD cover ONE CD

COMING SOON! Around May!
My new album, titled ONE--on Kokobilly Records, features all-new recordings,
including a cover of Jimmie Rodgers' Carolina Sunsine Girl,
and a re-recording musical conversation with Greg Lowry (dobro) and one of my Martins.
I'm bringing several newer songs to the project, as well.
Matt Lankes took the cover photo, and Michelle Rahbar at Mothership Arts, designed the art.
And my wonderful beaded guitar strap was designed and made by Wendy Capek, with over 17,000 beads!





















JIM LIVE CD cover JIM LIVE! CD

This "audio cocktail", is distilled from properly aged barrels of strange brew,
30 minutes taken from 30 years. A few tasty sips are:

Four energy-charged shots from the Dam Café on Lake Travis:
"Armadillo Man", "Clothesline Song", "Calico Cat", "Full Circle",
recorded on my birthday August 1991, a year after Leslie and I settled in Austin.

"Home on the Range" is a rousing highlight of our
Settles Hotel concert in November 2013, with
Sally Townes, Leslie Stricklan, Butch Hause and Sarah Lincoln.
The "Ranger"
recorded this...a pretty cool trick while playing bass at the same time!

"Merry Little Christmas" is a 2008 holiday treat from our
annual holiday song circle in our Front Room.
George Coyne of Parrot Tracks recorded this one,
which I’ve always referred to as the“eggnog outtake.”

Buy now for $10 through Paypa! For song samples, credits and more click here








Mr Lucky CD cover MR LUCKY CD

This collection of new studio recordings released in spring 2020
features two of my own songs plus a few favorites that
I’ve wanted to record for years.
Here a couple of the tracks:

I wrote "Mr. Lucky"in 2019. It was the first of three tunes
recorded featuring the JOHNNY STACCATO BAND
(George Coyne on guitar, Charles Ditto on keys, and
Brian "BC" Cummings on bass) with Kevin Hall on drums.
The track gets steamy with Candace Bellamy on vocals and
Joey Colarusso on sax.
Listen or download with HEAR NOW!


I've long dreamed of a flamenco adaptation of my early roots rocker
1980 LP title track "Whereabouts Unknown", which some may recall.
Kyle Pratt saddled up his Taylor nylon string guitar and arranged the smoky version for this cd! Mike Roberts plays bass. See video!

My thanks to all the players on these memorable sessions, engineered by George Coyne at Parrot Tracks in Manchaca, Texas during the first quarter of 2020, just prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Buy now for $10 through Paypal. For songs, credits and more click here!






EVENT 2020 - ACOUSTIC EIDOLON HOUSE CONCERT

We had a marvelous evening in mid-February,
hosting a sold-out house concert by ACOUSTIC EIDOLON -
Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire
,
our globe-trotting friends from Colorado.
Hearing (and feeling) those amazing vibrations of cello
and double neck guitar in our Front Room was magical.
Thanks to all of our good friends and music patrons who
came out and generously supported this rare event.
I had the honor of joining Joe and Hannah on my song,
STAY TUNED...here is a video clip!

Hear and see more about them at acousticeidolon.com











COLORADO CD cover C O L O R A D O CD
Title track video
Half of my song catalogue - that is to say, around 200 - were penned during my Colorado years!
The splendor of the Rocky Mountains was the subject of many songs, the best of which are on this album.
I grew into my songwriter shoes while playing the Denver coffee houses during the 70's...
Sweet Loretta's, Cafe Nepenthes, Global Village and the Denver Folklore Center.
I hope that listening to these tunes, you'll not only hear the words and melodies,
but will feel the spirit that inspired them.

$12 with Paypal. For songs, credits and more click here!



















E A R T H CD
Title track video
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 "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 "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.

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.

$10 with Paypal. For songs, credits and more click here!












JIM & JOEY - TALE OF TWO CD
"Summertime" video
Joey Colarusso was already an enormously talented young musician
when he first recorded with me in 1997.
Joey had overcome a serious health challenge in his boyhood,
rising to a superior level of musical skill that led to
doctoral status in music and becoming a beloved teacher,
whilst gigging with the best jazzers in ATX and beyond.
Today, Joey loves playing jazz and mariachi music with his students,
as well as with many renowned entertainers, jazz combos,
traditional Big Band ensembles, and touring rock-a-billy rebels.

In the studio, Joey is a consumate creative professional.
It's been an honor to showcase his instrumental artistry on my albums,
and a blessing to share true friendship with such a humble, caring person.
The JIM & JOEY CD project is a celebration of that musical friendship,
spanning two decades, with a curated collection of tracks
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!

$10 with Paypal. For songs, credits and more, click here!





50 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC - A MUSICAL MEMOIR & BACKSTAGE PASS
A true tale, with over 100 vintage photos, of 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.
Jim 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...
Jim's complete discography, CD catalogue, rare posters, and a player's' honor roll are included.
$4.99 E-book from bookbaby.com



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-book available through Outskirts Press






EVENTS ARCHIVE:
"FRM FEST 2003 HIGHLIGHTS Read more
"FRM HOMECOMING COLORADO 2019 Read more
"FRM 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT COLORADO 2016 Read more
"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



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