Jim Petrie is a guitarist, singer and songwriter. His music is a bit country, a little folky, another part rhythm 'n blues and one part rock 'n roll. It fits snugly in the Americana and alt-folk/rock and blues genres. He performs both as a solo artist and with his eponymous band aka Jim Petrie and the Dirty Dishes.
Early influences include the popular music of the 1960s, the pop groups of the British Invasion, the Greenwich Village folk music of the 1960s, the 1970s singer/songwriter country rock scene of southern California, the music of the British Isles, the folk music of Appalachia, Bible songs and hymns, the country music of Nashville, Bakersfield and Austin, the cajun music of the Mississippi Delta, the blues of the deep south and Chicago, Motown, classical music, jazz, and so much more.
Some specific bands and musicians include: The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Todd Rundgren, Procol Harum, Graham Parsons, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, The Band, Little Feat, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Incredible String Band, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Bronzy, Skip James, Eubie Blake, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner, B.B. King,Bach, Brahms, Copeland and Andres Segovia,
More recent inspiration has come from singer/songwriters like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Eliza Gilkyson, James McMurtry and, perhaps more importantly the dozens of great artists he's met in recent years in and around the downtown New York City music scene.
Jim is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has taught guitar at Simon's Rock (Bard College), the Loomis Chaffee School and the Hartt School Community Division. He studied audio engineering at the Audio Institute of Research and worked at Counterpoint Studios and Soundtrack Studios as assistant engineer, engineer and digital editor for advertising clients and recording artists including Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, Leon Redbone, Eric Bogosian, Rosenshontz and many others. After earning a graduate degree in business he went to work for his family's publishing company. Since 2009 he has been writing and performing in the New York area. His album of original music PERFECT ON PAPER was released in June 2017. He has two daughters, two cats, and after 30 years in New York City now lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York.