Jim Bizer Music


Hi, thanks for stopping by. As you may have heard, there's a new band!! My longtime duo partner Jan Krist and I have taken up with her husband Alan Finkbeiner and longtime musical friends Annie & Rod Capps to form the new amalgamation Diamonds in the Rust. We played our first show in June in Lansing, MI. It was a gas - thanks to everyone who made it out.
I'm still mostly performing with Jan as Jan Krist & Jim Bizer, as well as occasional performances as part of Floyd King & the Bushwackers. Once in a while, I even do a solo show. Check out our various websites (click on the names) or have fun perusing my solo site, right here where you already are...

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 10 AM until 10 PM
Thumbfest - An outdoor music festival featuring at least eight stages and a whole mess of acts! Here are the ones I'm performing in:
10:30am, Main Harbor Stage: Diamonds in the Rust
2:00pm, Simons St stage: Jim Bizer & Jan Krist
4:00pm, Simons St stage: Floyd King & the Bushwackers
6:30pm, Lions Club stage: Yellow Room Gang
Thumbfest happens in downtown Lexington, MI - 20 miles north of Port Huron
There is NO admission cost for this event - however, donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:10pm
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Gifts of Art Concerts
University Hospital Courtyard
1500 Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI
A free lunchtime concert in the hospital courtyard (in the lobby in case of inclement weather.) You dont have to be sick to attend.

Thursday October 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Admission: FREE!
Jan & Jim sing at the library! And we won't be quiet.

Friday October 13, 2017, 7:00pm
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
House concert
White Water, WI
More details to come...

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:30pm
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Series
Unitarian Church North
13800 North Port Washington Rd, Mequon, WI
Jan & Jim visit this long-running series for the first time.

October 19-22, 2017
Folk Alliance Regional Midwest Conference
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer and the new band Diamonds in the Rust will be showcasing at this annual music conference. DITR has a slot in the Thursday evening Venue Showcase. Public can attend some portions of the conference, details at farmfolk.org

More to come - check back for updates
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The Yellow Room Gang's latest CD celebrates our first ten years as a musical entity. Curiously titled "Decade", it features sixteen new tunes, two from each member of the collective. It's alternately uplifting, thoughtful, romantic, historic and heartwarming. It includes a number of songs about food. It's delectable. You can find it, along with the other three Gang CDs at www.yellowroomgang.com

Both of the Jan & Jim releases, "Too" and "Influence", are available now at CDBaby.com and as digital downloads on iTunes and other download sources.

Check out the debut release from the rollicking Floyd King & the Bushwackers at the Bushwacker website.

And of course, my two solo releases:

Twelve songs, including the multiple-award-winning "We Are All Connected." Some are just me and my guitar, others feature such marvelous Michigan musicians as Jan Krist, Alan Finkbeiner, Paul Finkbeiner, Peter "Madcat" Ruth, David Mosher, Pat Prouty, Dan Kolton, Danny Cox and more. Songs about faith, rivers, baseball and combustible waterfowl. Forty-eight minutes of wonder, groove and surprise. And a really cool package to boot (thanks to Ron Bizer of PWB for design and Oasis CD for manufacturing.)

The tunes on this CD cut through quite a few musical alleys and hop lots of stylistic fences, from the thoughtful solo guitar pieces “Bye” and “Before You Know It” to the full-band extravaganzas “Falling Into It” and “Get to Me”, from the funky roots-rock of “Be Alright” to the reggae of “Wake Up” to the jump swing of “How Do I Look”. Twelve songs of love, life, insanity and natural disasters, catchy as the flu and uniquely Jim Bizer.

Read the online review at Minor 7th

Some recent comments from CD purchasers:
Passionate writing. We play it again and again.”
“Not a single clunker. Every song is great.”
“He’s got the goods.”

CDs available online at CD Baby. Audio samples are available at the CD Baby site.

Of course, the best way to purchase my CDs is to come to one of my shows! I always have copies available, you get to hear me perform these songs live and I get to meet you!

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Biographical info:

Gigging since age 14 and a career musician all of his adult life, Jim's been around the musical block. He's got a comfortable, deep groove and a restless imagination. His songs are a unique blend of humor, catchy melodies, and his own personal view of the essential craziness of being human - served up with some monster guitar playing and vocals.

Growing up in Detroit, Jim was exposed to (and fascinated by) a widely varied spectrum of music. Educated on French horn, self-taught on guitar and piano, he became a music theory major at the University of Michigan before embarking on an equally varied music career "cover" musician, session player, composer for radio spots and a weekly television series. Though a songwriter since his early teens, only recently has Jim made this his primary focus.

A worthwhile thing, as Jim's songs have quickly earned accolades: the Kerrville "New Folk" competition has selected him as a finalist four times and Jim was awarded the Grand Prize in the Great American Song contest, chosen from over a thousand entries from across the continent.

2001 saw the release of his CD, "Closer To The Surface": twelve songs of love, life, insanity and natural disasters. 2004 brought "Connected", showcasing another dozen of Jim's remarkable songs, including the award-winning "We Are All Connected".

In recent years, Jim has joined forces with his longtime friend and collaborator, Jan Krist. In 2009, they produced their first offical duo recording, "Influence". Their second duo CD "Too" was released in late 2013. Both Jim & Jan are part of The Yellow Room Gang, a songwriters' collective featuring several well-known Michigan performers. Four Yellow Room Gang CDs, with songs from all the members, are now available.

And no, he doesn't stop there - Jim is also a pivotal member of the rollicking folk/roots-rock/slightly bluegrassy/party gospel band Floyd King & the Bushwackers. And a sideman for various other Detroit area musical aggregations. In addition to his performing career, he leads songwriting and guitar workshops and hosts MAMA's Coffeehouse, a monthly acoustic music concert series in suburban Detroit.

GREAT AMERICAN SONG Contest - Grand Prize winner 2002

MOUNTAIN STAGE NewSong Festival ("First Five" Recorded Round Pick) 2004


GREAT WATERS FOLK FESTIVAL (NH) Song Contest - top five finalist 2004

WHEATLAND Festival 2005, 2016

BLISSFEST 2002 Mainstage & Songtree

Venues throughout the midwest, northeast and Texas
(and many points between)

Host of MAMA's Coffeehouse, Bloomfield Hills, MI


“Knocked me out. Very impressive!”
Rod Kennedy, Kerrville Folk Festival

“Winner of the Great American Song Contest, and understandably so...”
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

“What a great songwriter and performer! Having Jim on the show just ups the ante!”
Vance Gilbert

“... a great live performer and recording artist. Watch out for him.”
Matt Watroba, Folk Alley, WKSU, Kent, OH

“Wonderful rhythmic folk and a mixture of different rock and world styles that was great fun. But all the way through, it was the singer songwriter lyrics that keep your ear, because they do matter. Thanks for the music, Jim.”
Carey Carlson, WLLC-FM (Detroit Drive 106.7), Detroit

"We were privileged to host Jim Bizer in concert...
(he) leaves the audience encouraged and better for the time spent listening."
Bill Keith, Trinity House Theatre

“... I enjoyed the hell out of that!
Jim Bertin, Off-The-Wall Coffeehouse

Jim Bizer
P.O. Box 250710
Franklin, MI 48025
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2001 - 2017 James Bizer