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Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Nite Retro

Welcome to Friday Nite Retro! Tonight's featured artist is generally described as "alternative country", but he often veers off in different, sometimes experimental directions with occasional nods to Tom Waits and the literary narratives of Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, and Harry Crews.

Jim White was born into a Pentecostal family in Pensacola Florida in 1957. He's often characterized as off-beat, blending his playlist with open discussion with his audiences, anecdotal storytelling derived from his own life experiences, all of which is typically humorous and insightful.

10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road


That's Aimee Mann you hear backing Jim on Static on the Radio:

Static on the Radio


In addition to his musical career, White has been a comedian, a fashion model, a boxer, a preacher, a professional surfer, and a New York cab driver.

If Jesus Drove a Motor Home


A Bar is Just a Church Where They Serve Beer


In "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus", a 2004 BBC documentary, White describes his idea of the rural South. Some clips:

The film's trailer


The Bar Scene


Check out Jim's official website HERE.

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