So for a site like this, the “About page” was probably the main reason for coming here. I’ll work on getting it updated. for now here is the quick overview:
Kentucky Jim is Jim Faris. I got the name when I read the liner notes of a Charlie Chesterman CD and found that he listed me as “Kentucky Jim Faris.” I am from Kentucky… Sugartit Kentucky.
I am loosely connected thru blood lines and marriages to many old time country music royalty but not much of that rubbed off on me. I started playing guitar as a kid. My mom pointed out there were too many guitar players and drummers, so she bought me a bass in 7th grade and joined a band the next day.
I played all over the greater Cincinnati area though the 80’s, left town touring with a band in mid ’86. Lived in a van with a band for a while, landed in Boston. in and out of bands, record contracts, and more. Played with some legendary players and some just really cool people. Left Boston in the early 2010? and set up shop in Washington DC where I’ve continued my luck playing with even more incredible people.
I have mostly played the upright bass for the last 20 years. But I’ve got lots of instruments hanging on the wall.
I also play the ukulele and sing bit as a solo act. I do some kids shows and sometime I’ll play a more grown up version of it in bars and farmers markets.
I am available, call me up for your next project. I’m always looking for cool stuff.