End of summer 2018 

I'm embarrassed to see I haven't had an entry here in literally years! It's not like nothing has happened... wrapping up summer with doing a bit of fall booking - will be heading to Pittsburgh to open for Friction Farm in October, up to Connecticut for some showcases at NERFA, King Street Coffeehouse's new digs in Sunbury in April for starters, and nailed down some music brunches on my "home stage" at Webster's Bookstore Café for next year... going to be full length solo shows, maybe even trotting out some songs in dadgad tuning for the first time in a long, long time. 

Since I last posted, I've sold the Sullivan guitar; she was a beauty but I just wasn't playing her enough. Been doing most of my gigs on the small body Taylor 12-fret, but will be mixing it up with the Lowden as well, especially for alternate tunings. 

And what's new with you? 

Short Run live CD now available 

I have a newly remastered, very limited quantity of my 5 Live EP available again. The disc consists of (mostly) live soundboard recordings. While intended primarily for booking and presenters to get a feel of what I do live, I'm thinking if you're on this page, you might like it too. Tracks include:

Boattail Riviera

I don't know how to watch you walk away

The Fire's Still Burning (Centralia)

Always Loved the Falling

It Took Hands

plus two bonus studio cuts: Skies Over Clare and Clemente

To order, send me an e-mail for more info if you would like to send a check, or do PayPal jimcolbert@aol.com $10 postpaid. Think about it! When these are gone, they're gone. Professionally-printed packaging, but each disc is signed and numbered.

Poetry collection now available! 

I'm proud to say my first collection of poetry is now available for sale! Defiantly Blue Sky is full color throughout, and includes photographs by my friend Laura Waldhier as well as some of my own. 64 pages, I have been told it is nicely designed... I'm a little biased so I won't comment there. Order a copy today at http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-colbert/defiantly-blue-sky/paperback/product-20031614.html

Rose Garden Coffeehouse Songwriting Competition 

I'm happy to say I'm a finalist in the 2010 Rose Garden Coffeehouse songwriting competition. Given some of my favorite songwriters have been here, too -- Jud Caswell, Joe Crookston, Jenny Goodspeed, Dave Potts -- I can say with all sincerity I'm just happy to have made it this far. I've heard nothing but good things about the Rose Garden from people who have played or been audience there, and I'm very much looking forward to the experience. The songs I entered were Boattail Riviera and Clemente, both recorded at Frigo Studios. Clemente will make it to the CD; I'll be revisiting Boattail for it - this was pretty much a recording done solely to enter the contest. So if you're in the vicinity of Mansfield, MA on May 15, come out and listen! April Verch is the headliner that night, so I can guarantee it's going to be an evening of great music!


Recording, blogs, comments 

I've decided updates on the recording project will be better served in the Blog section here, rather than news. So look for future updates there. I also turned on "allow comments" there, so please feel free to share your thoughts on anything I've posted. I've also posted two new song clips on the music page, Clemente, and a different take on IDKHTWYWA (please don't make me write it out...)

Hope some of you can make it over to Elk Creek on Sunday, for our Songwriters in the Round with Brad Yoder, Hannah Bingman, KJ and myself. Should be a lot of fun!

New guitar 

Finally made it down to Pittsburgh to Acoustic Music works, with the intention of checking out short scale Bourgeois guitars. After about 3 hours of trying everything from Breedloves to Collings, picked up a used 2005 Sullivan SMSA-T that I instantly fell in love with. Cedar top, rosewood back and sounds, and a near-perfect neck for my size and shape hands. I have no idea how Jim Sullivan pulls this amount of sound out of a relatively small-body guitar... I'll need to get a pickup installed, but man, for now, I am just enjoying playing this baby.

I can't say enough about the impression AMW left on me, by the way. Well worth your drive from, well, anywhere! Steve is knowledgable, patient and a fan of good folk and acoustic music. And besides, any friend of Scott Ainslie's is a friend of mine!

Bellefonte Unplugged Wrap up 

We wrapped up our 2009 edition of Bellefonte Unplugged with an intimate workshop with Hannah Bingman and myself, and friends Terry and Kerri.. hmm, if we could have rustled up a Jerry or a Mary, we might could have turned that into a song! This has been a fun year for the workshops, with the lovely and talented Jenny Goodspeed kicking the season off, and the equally lovely, albeit in a manly, Cleveland Browns shirt wearin' kind of way with Dave Potts.

The PCA local grants funding has gone away for 2010, so I'm not sure if this series will return, if it stays in its present form, whatever. The idea of a sponsor is a possibility, but frankly I hate going to a business with my hand out. One thing is for certain, while our audiences have typically been small, the talent shared has be bountiful, so thank you all artists who have participated over the last 3 years;

Marc Douglas Berardo, Westerly R.I

 Jud Caswell, Lewiston, Maine

Joe Crookston, Ithaca, NY

Dave Potts, Auburn, AL

Jenny Goodspeed, Boston, MA

Hannah Bingman, Huntingdon, PA

I guess now that i think about it, I bookended the series, hosting the first one, and co-hosting the last one. Well, one thing is for certain, nobody can say I didn't try, and nobody that came out can say I didn't bring in some serious talent for these.

My thanks for those who came out and attended. My sincere hope is that you got something out of the workshops.

Example ListBaby Widget

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Audio tracks

What's next?

Previous events


Lemont Village Green Concerts (with Steve Van Hook)

Lemont Village Green, Lemont, PA

Our annual show at part of this wonderful ongoing series... I believe last year we kicked it off, for 2020 we close out the year. Always a fun place to play!


Global Climate Change Awareness

Lemont, PA

I'll be sharing a few songs as part of a daylong climate change awareness event being organized by some great Delta students. Details TBD!


Jana Marie Foundation annual dinner (playing cocktail hour)

Ramada Inn, State College, PA

I'll be playing during cocktail hour for an organization that does work that is near and dear to my heart, the Jana Marie Foundation. Details TBD.


Music Brunch - solo

Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA


Incidental Music with Jim Colbert

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Willard Building Plaza, State College, PA



Incidental Music with Jim Colbert

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Willard Building Plaza, State College, PA



Music Brunch - solo

Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA


Jim Colbert at 3 Dots

3 Dots Lunchtime music series, Beaver Avenue, State College, pa

Happy to be helping kick off the lunchtime music series at 3 Dots! 


King Street Coffeehouse with Kevin Neidig and Steve Quelet

King Street Coffeehouse, Edison Hotel, Sunbury, PA

Love the  vibe at King Street Coffeehouse, and always great to see my friends Paul and Barbara Shaffer! I'll open a songwriter-centric evening which will also feature sets from two of Pennsylvania's best, Steve Quelet and Kevin Neidig.