JIM PAGE with Michael Gray and Grant Dermody at The Conway Muse
Jim Page started out in California where he was born. He lived in the Bay Area and caught the tail end of the 60's sfuff. Garcia played pedal steel down the street, Kaukonen showed up for jam sessions, and everybody got stoned. New Year's Day of 1970 he hit the road by thumb to New York City and Greenwich Village. He stayed there for a year, living in elevator stair wells and on roof tops, under park benches and in borrowed closets. At the end of that year he hooked up with some people from Seattle. They were going home, want to come along? Sounded great - he'd never heard of the place before.
If Seattle's radical past has survived to the present day, it's reflected in the political songs of Jim Page. A modern successor to Woodie Guthrie and Earl Robinson, Page has been writing and singing around here since the early 1970's. The City of Seattle changed it's restrictions against busking in 1974 after Page was faced with arrest for singing on lower Pike Street. Jim gathered public support, lobbied the mayor and city council and testified at a public hearing, and because of him musicians have the right to perform on Seattle's sidewalks without a permit from the city. Seattle became and is still open for street musician's to perform freely.
In 1977 Jim went to Europe for the first time, performing at the Cambridge Folk Festival, He has returned many times to tour the British Isles, Scandinavia, the European continent and Taiwan. In 1989 he teamed up with Artis the Spoonman, of Soundgargen fame, for a strange but wonderful duo approach that still happens to this day.
Simultaneously at that time he created a a real tight 4 piece band called Zero Tolerance, a name taken from Bush senior's anti-drug policy. In November of 1999 the WTO came to Seattle, precipitating what is now a popular uprising. Jim spent all 4 days downtown and had many near permanent relationships with law enforcement.
Several of his songs about 9-11 have had frequent play on Democracy Now.
Seattle Metropolitan magazine, in December 2008 listed Jim Page as one of Seattle's 50 Most Influencial Musicians.
Jim's Influences; Top of the List: Lightnin' Hopkins. After that anyone who can play a few chords and make it sound like more. Anyone who can carry on a conversation with a guitar in their hands and make it natural. Accidental poetry makes the best lyric. Somebody once said, if it's worth talking about it's worth singing about.
That's what it sounds like.
Jim Page will perform as a trio. Joining him is Michael Gray of Pearl D'jango on violin, and Grant Dermody on harmonica. Grant has recorded with and often plays with Eric Bibb.
Clarence Gallagher will open with a solo set at 8pm.
Please visit www.JimPage.net
Jim Page has released 18 albums
The Conway Muse
18444 Main/Spruce Street
Conway, WA 98238
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