photo by George Hernandez
An interview with a Texas Treasure....
Before his 30+ albums and 4OO song writing credits, before the
festivals and clubs and coffee house crowds, Jim Stricklan had his signature musical moment.
“I was eight years old. We were out in
west Texas and my mother took me to a
TV studio on a Saturday morning. They’d
have local musicians come in and play
and the kids in the audience would
sing along. I’ve never forgotten it, I got
to sing with Roy Orbison. He became
one of my many music heroes.”
Not long after that, with a Truetone
guitar from Western Auto, Jim began
creating the music that would attract
fans and friendship for decades. How would you describe your sound?
“It’s a gumbo
of American music if you have to call it
anything. I like to explore
different styles. Texas is well known as a melting pot
of nationalities and the cultures that go with it. It’s all Texas music.”
photo by Kelly Zant
You’re a prolific songwriter. Where do you get your inspirations?
“Music comes from a much higher
place. It’s just coming through us,
really. Sometimes I’ll wake up from
a dream and have a whole chorus or
a verse in my head. Those are the best
songs. The ones that come quickly and
seemingly from nowhere.”
After 35 years in the industry, what keeps you trying new things musically?
“It’s about reaching the potential of your soul
and being able to express something that
brings some joy into the world. I think there
needs to be a lot more joy in the world. Songs
are my children. I’ve raised calico cats and
songs—some more well-behaved than others.”
For Jim Stricklan, the joy is in the journey.
Come along with Jim and explore this original voice of Texas.