In early 2019, my fifth book (and the second in the series featuring the Tommy Stallings character), The Lights of Cimarron, will be published by Five Star Publishing. In the meantime, you'll want to catch up by reading the first book in the Tommy Stallings Series, The Big Empty. You can find it on the Five Star website at Cenage.com and also on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Empty-Jim-Jones/dp/1432832549/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532016875&sr=8-1&keywords=jim+jones+the+big+empty
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- Western Music Association 2017 Group of the Year- The Cowboy Way
- Western Writers of America: 2017 Spur Award- "Halfway Down the Devil's Road," Western Song of the Year
- 2017 "Western Heritage Award" for best Traditional Western Album from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, "The Cowboy Way"
- Academy of Western Artists: 2015 Western Song of the Year, “The Fires of Goliad”
- Western Music Association: 2014 Male Performer of the Year
- Western Writers of America: 2013 Spur Award- “Texas is Burnin’,” Western Song of the Year
- Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award: Best Male Western Vocalist, 2008
- NM Music Awards: 2009 Western Song of the Year “The Cowboys of New Mexico”
- Two-time finalist, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriter competition
At the Academy of Western Artists Awards Ceremony in March, 2016, Jim Jones accepted the Will Rogers Award for the 2016 Western Music Song of the Year for "The Fires of Goliad." "It was such an honor for me and my co-writer, Bruce Huntington, and I really appreciate it," Jones told Billboard after the show. "As a songwriter, you just try to leave your heart and soul on the page and in the music and then you hope it touches people. If you accomplish that, you've done your job."
Who does Jim Jones sound like, you ask? Well, of course, he sounds like Jim Jones (not the Guyana guy, not the rapper!). You can hear samples of his music on Reverbnation, Noise Trade and CD Baby. If you try to describe him, though, here’s what it comes down to…he’s a Western Folk Singer in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and more recently, Ian Tyson and Chuck Pyle (the “Zen Cowboy”). He’s a native Texan who moved a little farther West so he could enjoy the beauties of New Mexico. He sings songs about the West…cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train. He also sings songs about the people and the land, the rivers and the mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. He’s a bit of a philosopher although he keeps that well-hidden under a sharp and self-deprecating wit. You’ll have a lot of fun at his show and you might find yourself thinking about something a little deeper, later when you have time to reflect. He tells some of the corniest jokes you’ve ever heard and unfortunately, when you groan, it just eggs him on. Nobody’s perfect. He plays a mean acoustic guitar; at times, you’ll think there are two guitars up there. He says he’s stolen every Bill Hearne lick he could play, which still leaves Bill with a whole bunch all his own. Yes, he’s got some age on him…think Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart,” only not burned out…but he hasn’t slowed down a bit. If you like songs that tell a story, if you like singer/songwriters who can play the heck out of their instrument, if you like having fun and feeling good, you’ll like Jim.
The 2012 release of “Borrowed Time,” won the 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for “Texas is Burnin’.” 2015's Race with the Wind CD produced Academy of Western Artists Western Song of the Year for "The Fires of Goliad." The Cowboy Way's 2016 CD release, "The Cowboy Way," received the Western Heritage Museum's Wrangler Award for Traditional Western Album of the Year and the Jim Jones/Allan Chapman composition, "Halfway Down the Devil's Road," won the 2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year.
Jim's award-winning novels, the Jared Delaney Trilogy: Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon, Waning Moon and spin-off novel, The Big Empty, set in northern New Mexico, are “loosely based in fact…basically, a pack of lies I made up.” They have educated, informed and entertained readers around the world. His fifth novel, The Lights of Cimarron, will be published by Five Star Publishing in March, 2019.