Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Phone: (505) 433-3537
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Jim Stallings is originally from Farmington, New Mexico. He grew up listening to country music with his father and displayed a talent for music at an early age. He first entered a recording studio in the late '50's, while still in high school, when he recorded the Doo-Wop single "I Played the Fool." Soon after, Glen Campbell heard him sing in Farmington and encouraged him to move to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career. After saving up enough money from working the oil fields of Northern New Mexico he followed Campbell's advice and headed West. In the Los Angeles music scene of the 1960's he quickly met a number of interesting young musicians who were riding the crest of a new wave in music: legendary producer and svengali Kim Fowley, Bob Markley of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, members of Love, and the studio musicians collectively called The Wrecking Crew. While in LA he joined up with The Sir Douglas Quintet, whose San Antonio roots and Southwestern sound he could truly identify with. Together, they recorded some great albums, including the hit "Mendocino." The band toured extensively and played with some of the greats of the era. Bob Dylan once called them his favorite band.
In 1969 Jimmy wrote an album that explored his roots in New Mexico and his childhood along the San Juan River under the name JJ Light. Released by Liberty records, "Heya!" was a top ten hit in Germany and sold well all over Europe and South America.
We are honored to welcome Jimmy to perform on Steel Bender's Murphy Stage. He will be accompanied by Jeremy Barnes of a Hawk and a Hacksaw and Neutral Milk Hotel on drums.