Jim Bizer Music


Hey, the snow is finally gone. There's still ice on the Great Lakes. It's May as I write this. The amazing winter of 2013/14 has past. Spring is late, but it's rearing its sleepy head.

Jan Krist and I are rearing our sleepy heads a bit too. Check out the new Jan Krist & Jim Bizer site! It's a bit more functional than this creaky old site of mine. Which does still contain some basic information... like my show calendar:

May 15-18, 2014
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC
Our first visit to SERFA - Jan and I are honored to have been selected as Official Showcase artists. The Official Showcases are open to the public (admission for non-conference-attendees: $10) We'll be performing at 7:00pm on Friday, May 16 (don't be late! Our set is approximately 20 minutes... with more wonderful artists performing after us.)

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 1:00 PM
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX
Jan and I are honored once again to have been selected as finalists for Kerrville New Folk. We have both been finalists before individually, but this is the first time we have submitted as a songwriting team. We will kick off the two-day marathon of performing songwriters at 1:00pm Saturday (and don't be late! Our set here will be only TEN minutes...)

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:00 PM
Floyd King & the Bushwackers
Dennis Kingsbury, Maggie Ferguson & Jim Bizer
North Oakland Storytellers 4th Annual Spring Storytelling and Song Festival
Fisk Farm - 9180 Highland Rd (M59), White Lake, MI
Some storytelling, a few songs from Maggie Ferguson, and a healthy set from Floyd & The Bushwackers.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10 AM until 10 PM
Thumbfest - An outdoor music festival featuring at least eight stages and a whole mess of acts, including
Jim Bizer & Jan Krist and Floyd King & the Bushwackers
Times and stage locations TBA
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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 PM
Yellow Room Gang
Matt Watroba, Kitty Donohoe, David Barrett, Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
Trinity House Theatre
38840 W. Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI
Admission: $15
A very special show - I dont think we've ever done a concert with this particular subset of the greater Gang. And it happens at one of the coolest venues ever.

More to come - check back for updates
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The new Jan & Jim release is here! Titled "Too", it's fun, it's moving, it's buoyant, its poignant, it's rhythmic, it's harmonious, it's improbable, it's inevitable and it's a curious, almost indescribable shade of blue-green. CDs and digital downloads are available now at CDBaby.com and will soon become available on iTunes and other download sources. "Influence", the first Jan Krist & Jim Bizer duo recording, is an unmistakable shade of black and is available online at CDBaby.com. Both CDs can be purchased at our shows or directly from us (drop us an email!)

All three releases from the Yellow Room Gang, "Yellow Room Gang Vol. 1", "Happy New Day" (Vol 2) and "LIVE at BIG SKY" (Vol 3) can be found at www.yellowroomgang.com

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. Three 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

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 - 2014 James Bizer