Tampa, FL

  • Gender: M
  • Hometown: Tampa, FL
  • Location: Lawrenceville
  • Occupation: Writer


Jim Simpson is an award-winning fiction writer and freelance music critic. A native of the wilds of Florida's Gulf Coast, he now resides on the scruffy fringes of Atlanta, Georgia.

He frequently writes about music, with his taste spanning all genres: Bluegrass, Americana, Classic Country, Alternative Country, Western Swing, Blues, Classical, Rock 'n' Roll, Punk, Reggae, Klezmer, and British Isles Folk (to name but a few).

He once sang "Happy Birthday" (with about 10,000 other people) to Joni Mitchell, and has seen such legends as Miles Davis, The Incredible Jimmy Smith, Rockpile, Blue Rodeo, King Sunny Ade, David Bowie, Joan Jett, Robyn Hitchcock, R.E.M., Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan live in concert. He has interviewed Those Darlins, John Linnell of They Might Be Giants, Marshall Chapman, Charlie Louvin, Derek Hoke, Jim Avett, The Secret Sisters, and Meghan McCormick.

Jim is the former managing editor for music magazine Awaiting the Flood, staff writer for both Country Music Pride and Atlanta Music Guide, and contributes essays to the international literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown. He has been at work on his first novel for longer than he originally planned -- if all goes well it should be in bookstores sometime before his death.


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