We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Bachmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim, what do you want people to remember about you?
I often think about the people that have helped me out along the way, whether it be someone that introduced me to someone I ought to know, or gave me an opportunity that maybe I didn’t feel like I was ready for, and how much those kind of things meant to me. I’d like to keep that spirit alive for the next person and try to help them get to where they are going. I’ve always believed in the saying that “rising tides raise all ships.” I think it’s really important, especially in today’s climate, to extend a hand if you’re able and help pull the next person in line along.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up in a very musical environment. Whether it was my dad cranking records with the windows open or watching my grandpa jam with my uncles or whoever would stop by, there was always music. And it was always very positive, good feeling, great vibey music. I’ve tried to continue that tradition and am very fortunate to be surrounded by great people and great musicians that help make that happen. While there haven’t been gigs during the pandemic, we’ve taken the opportunity to do some writing and recording that we were a little too busy to do before and are hoping to have some new music released early in 2021. How did I get here today? I think the best advice I can give anybody who is trying to do anything is this: Start, and then don’t stop. If you’re doing what you love, keep doing it. I’m not the best singer in my band and I’m not the best musician in my band either, but I love doing it and I’ve never stopped and I don’t plan to. You don’t have to be first in line, you just need to be ready when you’re up next. As for lessons along the way, I keep learning new ones every day. Things are going to be hard. There will be good times and there will be tough ones. You’re going to make some great friends, and you’re probably going to lose some great friends too. I’ve been very fortunate to get to do some of the things I’ve done and the older I get the more I appreciate that and try not to take any of it for granted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots in the city? I’m not the fanciest guy so this may not be too exciting. T-shirt and jeans and I’m good to go. The last few times I’ve had friends in town I made sure that we hit the Dirty Drummer on 44th St and Oak for a DRB and something cold to drink. Then I’d probably roll over to Stinkweeds to do some record shopping. If it’s this time of year I’d take them out of town. Head east and kick around in the Superstitions, go hang at the river and see some horses. Maybe roll up to Old County Inn up in Pine for some pizza then on up to Flagstaff and catch some music at Flag Brew. If we’re not headed up north, I’d go down to Tucson and try and catch a Hank Topless gig.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that help keep the wheels rolling and have given a push when needed that it’s hard to narrow it down. Two of the people that have given me inspiration and have been mentors to me are Mark Zubia and Blaine Long. I really owe a lot to both of those guys.
Archtop Guitar, Flatcap – Elaine Thomas Campbell Luckenbach – Heather Bachmann Dirty Drummer- Dana Armstrong Rhythm Room – Joe Maier