A Vermont resident, Jim began writing songs in earnest in 1998 after many years of music industry experience supporting other artists. His lyrics - sometimes veiled, sometimes chillingly frank - are composed from the everyday subjects of life: the temptations of addiction, love and love lost, and the power of connection. Jim has two solo releases with his band: "Flatworld" released in 2010 and "Quarterline" released in 2003.
Jim Gilmour contributed a track - “Hour in Texarkana” - to the benefit CD "TOO MANY YEARS: A Benefit for Clear Path International". Clear Path International works to assist victims of accidents involving explosive remnants of war in Vietnam. Other artists featured on this album include Natalie Merchant, Juliana Hatfield, Jorma Kaukonen, Widespread Panic and The Samples. Copies of this CD can be purchased online at http://www.cpi.org/toomany.php
In addition to his solo career, Jim continues to produce and engineer albums for independent artists, including working with Russ Lawton, former drummer for Trey Anastasio of Phish, providing drum tracks in Jim’s studio for a number of Jim’s clients. He also has produced, played bass and sang harmony on three albums for Kort McCumber, one of Colorado's finest singer/songwriters and a nationally touring recording artist. Jim often accompanies Kort on tour and in the studio on bass and backing vocals.
Jim has recently produced music for Dominique Briar, James Moors, Moors & McCumber and Laura Molinelli. His recording studio, Southview Arts, sponsors SolarFest's annual national singer/songwriter competition – an effort to encourage others to follow their dreams.
He is a bassist and backing vocalist for other performing acts on the road and in the studio. He has worked with artists such as John Flynn, James Mee, John Flynn, Kort & Beth McCumber, Rick Redington, jam band Foxtrot Zulu, and many local and regional acts including the Celtic band, Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Jim is the music director and a member of the SolarFest House Band, which plays at the New England energy festival, Solarfest. He also recently was the front of house mixing engineer for John Hammond, the Northeast Kingdom Music Festival and SolarFest.
The Jim Gilmour Band has shared the bill with the likes of the Subdudes, 10,000 Maniacs and Patty Larkin – to name a few.
Jim is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts Society (NARAS), and a member of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Artists (SPARS). He is a seasoned and well-respected member of the music and recording industry.