In all the years that I have known Jimmie, I can’t remember him ever singing a song he didn’t believe in. Jimmie is one of the great balladeers of our time, I feel very lucky that over the years he recorded my music.Rod McKuen
Jimmie Rodgers has appeared around the country and around the world. There is hardly a major night club or concert hall he hasn’t played and this as is it should be for Jimmie Rodgers is one of the few entertainers around the world who has something to say vocally that reaches us all.
He is not merely a folk singer or a man capable of doing justice to a song, He is a singer who moves with ease through all types of music yet it is the folk song that he likes and performs best. He is at home with lyrics that say something and melodies that flow. In the concert halls, on television, on records it is always his way with folk songs that hush the crowd. This is hardly unusual when you think that in the 1950s when the “folk renaissance” began there were only a handful of artist who had continuing success in the folk field. Those entertainers Belafonte, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, and Jimmie Rodgers have been joined by Peter, Paul and Mary, Chad Mitchell and Joan Baez and they are still the leaders today.
I am a song writer and a singer and it‘s important to me the way my songs are performed. When Jim launches into a blues or ballad or a song with a beat, he always seems to have complete identification with the material.
In all the years that I have known Jimmie, I can’t remember him ever singing a song he didn’t believe in. If it’s a novelty song, he plays it for fun. His ballads he takes apart line by line until he is the song he is singing. As for songs with a beat when he’s got it behind him nobody can touch him.
Jimmie is one of the great balladeers of our time I feel very lucky that over the years he has recorded my music.
Rod McKuenRod McKuen