By Dawn Renee
Imagine an experience where an entire audience feels like they are connected to a conversation; whether thru his music or his words, Jim brings a real life perspective, with an engaging and entertaining presence to the room. Joyful, sincere and magnetic are just a few of the words to describe Jim Trick.
“His gentle and authentic stage presence combined with awesome songwriting make for a delightful show.” – No Depression Magazine
As a child, he was bullied for choosing music over sports, for having a funny last name and for struggling with obesity. Through his experiences he delivers a blend of alternative folk, thoughtful pop, and spoken word. Influenced by Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, John Gorka and Charles Bukowski; Trick takes the acoustic guitar down a path of percussive, intricate, and ethereal ranges creating well thought out melodic support for carefully crafted lyrics.
Boston has welcomed Jim with open arms, as a frequent guest lecturer at The Berklee College of Music and as a solo artist. Jim performs rgularly at iconic venues such as Club Passim, Godfrey Daniels, Cafe Lena, The Me&Thee Coffeehouse, Berklee’s Cafe 939 and the New Moon Coffeehouse, just to name a few. He has shared the stage with Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams, Susan Werner, Martyn Joseph and Christopher Williams, Antje Duvekot, Joe Crookston and Vance Gilbert.
“One of the brightest songwriters and storytellers coming out of the north east these days is a man named Jim Trick. With the ability to draw an audience into his world, Jim is a brilliant communicator who is definitely worth the effort to go see.” – Grandfather Rock from WCWP 88.1 FM Brooklyn
Everything you need”, co-written with Christopher Williams, was recently released on Christopher’s album “The City Makes the Man”. Trick and Rachel Taylor co-wrote, “You Might Be Surprised”, a song released on the album “Heartbreak is for Everyone”, which was produced by Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
His most recent release, Further From the Tree, produced by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning, was fully funded by his loyal fan base during a four week “Trick-Starter” campaign. The album features the song “A road called home” co-written with Nashville’s Rachel Taylor. It depicts a recent trip in which Jim and his wife Alison, traveled 10,500 miles all over the United States, not knowing from night to night where they would sleep.
“We needed an epic adventure. In many ways, the song and trip were a line we drew in the sand in terms of how we want to live our lives going forward. In some crazy way, this album is propelling us into a truer version of life, steeped in freedom and satisfying a wild curiosity.” – Jim Trick
As a touring member of Banding People Together, Jim also travels all over the United States using music and behavioral science to help companies create collaborative strategies and improve leadership.
Jim was featured along side American Idol’s Alex Preston, by Berklee College of Music for a performance entitled “An Evening With New England’s top songwriters”.
“Listening to Jim Trick’s songs and voice are like getting a hug from an old friend. A friend that knows you well. His music lets me take off my armor and feel welcomed into a world where I know I’m understood, not alone, and truly invited into. Wonderful stuff.” – Mary Lou Lord