"Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful
guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm
for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove,
or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both
impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental
virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising
range." Mark Schatz
Jim Hurst's unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass
guitar wows audiences and is revered by both novice guitar
players and his musical peers. His eclectic career has
made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor
and a highly sought after session musician. His affability
and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable
musicians of his caliber.
Garnering numerous nominations, Jim received IBMA's prestigious
"Guitar Player of the Year" awards for 2001
and 2002. This award is voted on by IBMA members including
his peers and contemporaries revealing their appreciation
of Jim's abilities.
After recording and touring with several Country and Bluegrass
artists, Jim decided in 2010 to embark on a solo career
to focus mostly on his own musical expression and art.
As a musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer,
Jim has recorded 7 CDs including: Open Window, Second
Son, A Box of Chocolates, Intrepid, Looking Glass, JHT-1,
and Atlantic Crossing. Jim's virtuosity shines as he consistently
sways audiences with his deft finger work and smooth vocals.
Jim performs his show full time and teaches at guitar
workshops and music camps in North America and Europe.
While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass
greats, his solo and Jim Hurst Trio performance are what
keeps audiences mesmerized.
Bio - Short
To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful
and flawless performances. Perfect timing and tone and
his unusual picking style has enchanted guitar players
from the novice to his peers. It's no surprise, then,
that his musical mastery began with a musical upbringing
paving the way for a winding and varied career path.
After a solid career touring and recording with Country
and Bluegrass artists, Jim decided in 2010 to embark
on a solo career. Already seasoned with seven recordings,
Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates, Intrepid,
Looking Glass, Atlantic Crossing (duet recording w/Roberto
Dalla Vecchia), and JHT-1 (from his Jim Hurst Trio),
these exhibit his diverse and deft guitar work and soothing
vocals. His shows meet with rave reviews as he astounds
his audiences with his brilliant playing yet makes people
feel right at home with his humble congenial and funny
persona. Jim is currently performing solo full time
and with his Jim Hurst Trio, both nationally and internationally,
as well as teaching at camps and workshops in North
America and Europe. Additionally, his highly sought-after
talent has led to side projects with other bluegrass
greats such as Claire Lynch, and David Grisman.
But his solo show and his Jim Hurst Trio, which allows
his personal style and unique creativity to come through
in spades, is what keeps his audiences mesmerized.
Bio - One-liners
Going strong on his own, Jim Hurst combines savvy guitar
picking, broad vocal range and a musical eclecticism
culminating in jaw-dropping performances.
Steeped in bluegrass and country music, Jim Hurst embraces
these genres but goes beyond their musical boundaries
to create music both complex and sublime.
Jim Hurst's dexterous guitar work and pleasing vocals
can lead you down a path of a lovely ballad, get your
feet stomping to a train song and ultimately leave you
.in just one medley!