He also was influenced by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and especially Jerry Reed, calling his discovery of their finger-style playing "a turn in the road" for him. He continues to rely on these varied influences to enhance his own musical compositions and performances. His diverse tastes led him to play in several bands, playing country, bluegrass, blues, jazz and other styles. Jim taught fingerstyle and flatpicking the last couple times at Kamp. Now let's learn his exceptional singing skills.