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The future of Jim Six - August 23, 2014

I'll be leaving the South Jersey Times on Sept. 5, after 30 years at the newspaper.

Will this be the end of my column? No.

I will be writing. Where it will appear has not yet been determined, but if you check here at www.jimsix.com and on Facebook, you'll find out.

Please stay tuned. I won't stop writing.

Date change - April 29, 2012

Folks: Please take note that my May gig at Coffee Works in Voorhees has been switched from Sat., May 26 to Friday, May 25. Same time 8 to 11 p.m. Please adjust your calendars. Hope to see you there.

Added new dates - February 13, 2011

I just added some new dates to my upcoming calendar. Check there and please add them to YOUR calendar, as well, so you won't miss them.

Exciting shows this weekend! - September 26, 2010

This weekend, I'll have some talented help at two exciting shows — and I'll be celebrating my birthday, as well.

On Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., I'll be back to the wonderful Barrington Coffee House and Cafe, 131 Clements Bridge Road in Barrington,, NJ. (co-billed with Chris Chadwick.)

My friend, Greg Potter, will be accompanying me on guitar, and our friend, Jon Mollenhauer, visiting from Tokyo for a couple of weeks, will join us on Dobro and banjo. This will be a fun night all around.

The Barrington Coffee House show costs $10.

On Saturday, Oct. 2 — which is my birthday — I'll be part of a all-star-extravaganza CD release party for those power-pop wizards, Blank Pages,

This is Greg Potter music, through and through. Blank Pages is releasing its new CD, "Absolute Uncertainty" on the Kool Kat Musik label and, to celebrate, Greg invited a bunch of friends to come and play at the Swede's Inn, King's Highway, Swedesboro, NJ.

This free show starts at 8 p.m. with a set by Blank Pages. At about 9, I'll do a set, accompanied by Greg on guitar, Jon Mollenhauer on Dobro and banjo, Pete Cogan on harmonica and Almost FAB! member, Rich Snyder, singing harmony on a couple of songs.

Then drummer Ed McCaffrey's new band, Meat Pretzel, will do a set around 10 p.m.

Around 11, the incredible Beatles' tribute band, Almost FAB!, will break with tradition — presenting a set of songs by the Monkees, the Beach Boys and other 1960s bands — but NO Beatles' songs. This is must-see entertainment!

And it's my birthday. Will you still need me, when I'm 64? THAT is the 64 dollar question!

Hope to see you this weekend.

(Oh, and for those folks who say they won't come out to see me unless they can buy a drink. Saturday is the gig for you.)

Shame the Moon - July 4, 2010


My song, "Shame the Moon," performed with Greg Potter's help July 3 at the Barrington Coffeehouse. (Video by Randy Selagy)

Man in the Moon - July 4, 2010


My song, "Man in the Moon," with Greg Potter on guitar and harmony — and some nice audience members singing along — at the Barringon Coffeehouse in Barrington, NJ on July 3. (Video by Randy Selagy)

Believing You - January 27, 2010


Sometimes you love someone so blindly, you are willing to ignore her indiscretions.

This is one of my newest songs, performed here with Greg Potter at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman on Jan. 23, 2010.

Video by Randy Selagy.

Cook Somethin' Up - September 6, 2009


We all have the recipe for a little mischief.

When the Sidewalks Turn Blue - September 6, 2009


Here's a song that took a long time to write. I got the idea for it in Baltimore in 1979. Tried several times, but the song just never came together. Then, in 2009, it finally was ready to be written.

Blackbird - September 6, 2009

Here's a song that pays homage to some literary fowl.

Change in dates - August 17, 2009

I've deleted two dates -- Aug. 22 and Sept. 26 -- at The Ground House, just to have a bit of time off. Please adjust your calendars accordingly!

New Places - March 29, 2009

If you haven't come out yet to see me at the Progressive Coffee House in Glassboro, you really need to get there soon.

It's a really cool place and Ed and Jen, the proprietors, are very cool people.

I'll be there every month through September, so please come out.

There's also a new place in Pitman called The Ground House, right on Broadway where Pal Joey's used to be. It has a second room with two (count 'em — two) stages, a small one in the middle of the room and a larger one at the back. This place has some serious entertainment potential — Ray Mamrak, who's running the place with his sister, Sue, is a movie maker and the name of his place is also going to be the title of a horror movie.

Check the calendar to see when I am appearing at Progressive Coffee House and The Ground House!

New songs posted - February 1, 2009

Hiya! Just posted a few new songs over in music section of the Web site.

Check 'em out.

Guestbook gone? - September 14, 2008

I'm sorry. I had to shut down the Guestbook. I keep getting entries from toads and cretins typing in gibberish or porn sites or whatever.

I may turn it on again, but I'm not sure.

Thanks for understanding.

Cook Somethin' Up - June 21, 2008

Here's a tasty new blues concoction made with several references to celebrity chefs from the Food Network. I hope you enjoy the song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkfoOjD3gKk

Just added more photos - January 27, 2008

Added some pictures taken at the Blank Pages CD release party Jan. 26, 2008 at the Swedes Inn in Swedesboro, NJ.

Needless to say, a great time was had by all. The power pop band, Blank Pages, had the audience enthralled.

Mick Chorba charmed them with his acoustic set of originals and not-quite-country country songs.

Almost FAB knocked everybody out with a full set of songs by the Wonders and the Rutles. What a gas!

Greg Potter played guitar with me, making me sound good. Rich Snyder joined us to create three-part harmony on two songs. I had a great time and the music was great!

Upcoming events ... - 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I'm all done with 2007's performances — unless something comes up I don't expect — and wanted to wish everybody the best for the holidays.

Next year is starting off with a bang!

I'll be back at Mugs Coffeehouse in Swedesboro on Saturday, Jan. 19 — I've got some new covers and new originals to debut that night.

The following week, Saturday, Jan. 26, I'll be a small part of the whizbang entertainment extravaganza scheduled at the Swedes Cafe in Swedesboro to celebrate the release of a new CD, "On My Street," by the pop band, Blank Pages.

"On My Street" contains a baker's dozen of songs written by Greg Potter, the talented guitarist who fronts Blank Pages and the rockabilly band, Hot Rod Diner, and plays the George Harrison parts in the Beatles tribute band, Almost Fab — and who honors me by accompanying me whenever he can.

The Blank Pages party will feature Blank Pages, of course. Also appearing will be Mick Chorba, me, and Almost Fab. The Fabsters will be doing something quite different that night, so come for the surprise and the music!

Then, for me, it's back to Mugs on Saturday, Feb. 9. I have not found a more comfortable and cozy place to play and relax than this old house turned into a coffeehouse.

On Friday, Feb. 15, I'll be down in Millville for a return engagement at Bogart's Cafe and Bookstore. This pleasantly quirky oasis of cool in the wilds of South Jersey has to be experienced to be appreciated. It's kind of like an old beat hang out, only not; like being in a Robert Crumb cartoon, only not; and like being in the Greenwich Village of the 1960s, only — well, you have to come join us there to see for yourself.

Then on Saturday, March 1, I will be performing a short set to end the third East Coast Vulture Festival, in Wenonah. This buzzardly phenomenon, now held at the Wenonah Elementary School on Clinton Avenue, features scholarly and not so serious information, art, poetry and dance — if one can actually call the notorious Vulture Dance "dance" — and a set of songs by yours truly. Despite rumors to the contrary, I am asked to perform at this cultural event because I like vultures, NOT because I'm a cranky old buzzard!

This year, the festival MAY even have a couple of live vultures on hand — and, if so, I will be closing out the evening with a short performance at about 9 p.m.

Stay tuned for more definitive details on the vulture fest.

Then, on Friday, March 7, I'll be playing at the Swedes Cafe , again accompanied by guitarist Greg Potter.

Wow! What a great way to start the new year! And there's more on the way, so check back here often to read the latest developments.

Jim Six playing at Blank Pages CD Release Party! - December 10, 2007

Blank Pages CD Release Party for “On My Street”
Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 9 p.m.
The Swedes Inn, Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ
www.swedesinn.com
With performances by:
Blank Pages (www.blankpagespop.com)
Jim Six (www.jimsix.com)
Almost Fab (www.almostfab.com)

Please join us for a special evening at the Swedes Inn on Saturday, January 26 at 9 p.m. The event will be a celebration of great local music, including the release of a new album from New Jersey’s own power pop band, Blank Pages.

For more than ten years, Blank Pages has been performing original power pop throughout the Delaware Valley in the style of the Beatles, the Knack and Matthew Sweet. The group, featuring Jason Brown (guitar), Ed McCaffrey (drums), and Greg Potter (guitar, lead vocals), will play a selection their power pop favorites as well as songs from “On My Street,” their latest release on the FDR Label (www.fdrlabel.net).

The evening will feature several special guests, including a performance from another of our region’s finest original artists, Jim Six. With his distinctive baritone and unique lyrics, the singer/songwriter specializes in his own brand of folk and country. In the late 1970s, Jim was a full-time musician who worked with a host of famous names including Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis, Livingston Taylor, John Denver, Emmy Lou Harris, and Bonnie Raitt. After retiring from the music scene for more than 20 years, he is back writing songs and playing better than ever.

Dipsomaniacs and Successful Failures front man Mick Chorba will also perform a solo acoustic set during the show. As the mastermind behind the FDR Label, Mick has been one the region’s best known supporters and performers of independent pop/rock music. He will be playing songs from the new Successful Failures release, “Ripe for the Burning,” as well as some Dipsomaniacs favorites.

Rounding out the bill is the Delaware Valley’s premier Beatles music review, Almost Fab. Playing songs from every era of the Fab Four’s career, the band recreates the “Beatle sound” on stage more accurately than any other group in the region. The group features Ray Baker (keyboards), AJ Defeo (bass), Ed McCaffrey (drums), Greg Potter (guitar), and Rich Snyder (guitar).

For this special occasion, Almost Fab will be recreating that 60s sound, but with a twist. Their performance will pay tribute to a pair of great films that feature music inspired by the Fab Four. The band will play a set of songs from “That Thing You Do” and the classic Rutles film, “All You Need is Cash.”

Everyone who attends the show can pick up the new Blank Pages CD for only $5. “On My Street” is the band’s third release on the FDR Label. Based in Trenton, NJ, the label features several acclaimed New Jersey power pop bands including the Dipsomaniacs and the Successful Failures. Blank Pages has been featured on all of the label’s several compilation discs, including the latest installment titled About a Girl. The album features a mix of national and independent power pop artists covering tunes with girls’ names in their titles

On My Street’s well-crafted tracks are connected by Potter’s perspective of growing up in the Garden State and offer intimate snapshots of his life and the region. The title track provides an anthem for the unsung heroes who never strayed far from his neighborhood. While the closing track, ‘This is Where I’m From,’ mourns the state’s diminishing farmland being slowly overtaken by creeping suburbia.

For more information about Blank Pages, “On My Street,” or the CD release party at the Swedes Inn, please visit www.blankpagespop.com.

Let me clear this up - January 26, 2007

I have suddenly realized that because of the wording on my Bio page, some of you think I used to play guitar or something with all those famous musicians I mention: Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tom Rush, David Amram, Eric Anderson, Livingston Taylor, John Denver, Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Asleep At The Wheel, Penn & Teller and Patti Smith.

I apologize if that was misleading.

I have changed the wording to make it clearer that I have APPEARED with all these people. Sometmes we were on stage at the same time. Most of the time I appeared before they did, or was an opening act.

I appeared before 35,000 people at a festival after the Oak Ridge Boys and just before Tammy Wynette took to the stage.

I worked in songwriters' workshops on stage with Tom Rush, Eric Anderson, Emmylou and Livingston Taylor.

I opened for David Amram and Asleep At The Wheel.

I appeared on a TV show with John Denver.

I was the last act on stage in front of 12,000 people before Patti Smith performed.

I worked with Penn & Teller on different stages around the city of Philadelphia all summer during the Bicentennial.

Oh, and Hugh Hefner's old girlfriend, Barbi Benton, stood in the back of a club one night and listened to one of my sets.

Sorry for any confusion.

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