Jim's soul fulfilling bliss has always been his music and being on the land. Jim got an early start at performing, he sang on the big stage as a soloist in his first music festival at age 6. He was given his first guitar at age 10 and never looked back. Over the years Jim has developed his own unique finger picking style which continues to lay the foundation for his overall body of work. Since 1975, Jim has been up and down the music trail with many successes and a hundred times as many hard knocks. From the earliest days performing in the produce department of a grocery store to sharing the stage with the likes of Kenny Rogers and BJ Thomas -- in venues such as the Jubiliee Auditorium in Calgary, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, the Centennial Auditorium in Saskatoon and Centre of the Arts in Regina -Jim's had an interesting ride in the music biz. Being a western history buff of sorts, over time he morphed from Rock and Pop to Western/Cowboy Folk/Roots music. Rick Huff, an influential western music critic/reviewer from Albuquerque, NM, said that "Jim is the Bob Dylan / Neil Young of Western Music, except Jim hits more of the notes!" Jim himself maintains his biggest influence since the 1970's has been James Taylor. Award winning songwriter TJ Casey has said, "You can tell by Jim's whacky arrangements and unpredictable chord progressions that this is no 3-chord strummer at his first rodeo." Jim believes that his craft is one of entertainment and personality in addition to songwriting and musicianship. Interestingly, Jim's passion for western history and his wish to pass some of it on through his music comes naturally from his family history. His great great grandfather, Joseph Reader, was an Anglican Missionary who settled near The Pas, MB, and he attested as a witness to the signing of Treaty #4 at Qu'Appelle Lakes, on September 8, 1875. So it's easy to see why many of Jim's songs are tributes to the 'golden years of the cowboy'' and the rugged times around 1880 that witnessed mind-boggling roundups and cattle drives. Jim's music further pays tribute to the settlement of the frontier by those amazing adventurous characters who are unmatched in their contributions to our North American culture. Jim's performances are enhanced with computer augmented visuals. He has spent hundreds of hours over the past ten years developing the perfect timing and perfect photos and artwork to augment the lyrics in his songs. The slide presentations add a unique and refreshing perspective to Jim's performances where he likes to take his audiences to a whole new level of participation and appreciation of our western heritage. Marion and Jim Reader have five independently wonderful adult children, and have settled in Okotoks, Alberta, in the foothills of the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains.