View from the North
Songwriter/singer Jim Kirsling is a Milwaukee native but has been living in Minnesota since 1979, where he has his own carpentry business. He is a long time fan of Bluegrass Music, a member of Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Assoc. And Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International. His favorite Bluegrass artists are Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley. Inspired mainly by the storytelling skills of Tom T. Hall, he has been writing songs for over ten years. The songs relate stories of both local Minnesota and universal people, places and events. They are recorded with the help of artists from local Bluegrass bands: Gary Bartig (mandolin), Holle Brian (bass), Katryn Conlin (bass/vocals), Ben Manning (guitar), Geoff Schley (guitar/vocals) Ron Siegal (fiddle), Jerry Spanhanks (guitar/dobro/mandolin/harmonies), Shirley Spanhanks (accordian), Dave Tousley (bass), and Phil Nusbaum (banjo) host of local radio show "Bluegrass Saturday Morning" (JAZZ88FM.com).