Here is a sample of Jim’s banjo picking. He was at the Wytheville Heritage Preservation Center in 2011 demonstrating the Old Time Style with student and fine fiddler, Trevor McKenzie. This is “Tennessee Gray Eagle” a favorite of Thomas Jefferson who was also a fiddler. It was recorded by Sam Gleaves, an accomplished multiple instrument musician, singer and Appalachian Tradition song writer who studied under Jim.
A sample of the Jim Lloyd style of guitar music is his showing and telling folks about St. James Infirmary, an old European tune brought over to the US long ago and “Appalachian-ized”
Some folks don’t realize it but Jim also collects “Jew’s Harps” and has quite an assortment. Here is a clip of Jim and Leigh Beamer, a fine musician and Jim Lloyd student, trying out a harp Jim had just acquired.
One of Jim Lloyd’s latest recordings is the “Songs From my Attic” CD recorded by Mountain Roads Music and features Jim Lloyd and The Skyliners. Here is a promotional video that introduces each entertainer. In it Mark Rose and Trevor McKenzie join Jim and describe their passion for Appalachian Highlands versions of some great traditional tunes. In this CD, Jim also includes a new tune written for him by Tom T. and Dixie Hall.
Jim is not only a musician’s musician but he is a story teller. This is an example of the story of his Uncle in a Church Revival. It is “Uncle Harv and the Traveling Preacher” as recorded by Sam Gleaves in 2011.
Here Jim plays mandolin at the Rural Retreat Christmas Concert with Hunter Wilson on Bass and one of his most accomplished students, Leigh Beamer on Guitar and vocal.
Jim establishes music venues throughout the mountain area. Not only was he responsible for getting the Crooked Road venue at Big Walker Lookout up and running but he got the “Live at the Merc” staged and operating, including performing the first show with his friends and fellow musicians, Wayne Henderson and Herb Key.