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CD: Jim Terr & Friends - "Demos and Diamonds"

First Jim Terr CD ever! Critically acclaimed (see below). 23 best Terr compositions written 1973-1999, performed by Terr and many other artists, including Slim Pickens.
A full 72 minutes of music for only, like, $15.

  British press release about Jim Terr - January 2010  


To hear excerpts of "Chili and Beans" and
"Ginkgo and Tofu"
by Buddy Converse and
the Sneakers (from this CD),
go to "Buddy's Old Fashioned Web Site"



Information on the newer CD (2005),
"Please Cut My Song, Mr. Travis"

by Jim Terr and friends
  click here



"Do you Like
to Jitterbug?"
1985 Blue Canyon Music BMI

Illustration by Jay Lynch 1988
from the book,
You Got To Be Stupid to Sing Country Music


"Leave the King Alone"

1991 Blue Canyon Music BMI.


"Reader's Digest Me"
1998 Blue Canyon Music BMI.

To hear an excerpt of "All It Takes"
Real Audio 56k  /  Windows Media 56k

Download MP3 version (1.7MB)
(right click on link and select "Save Target As"

To hear an excerpt of the live song,
"Did It Hurt
(When You Fell Down From Heaven)?"


Jim Terr live performance information

NOTE: Two of the songs on this CD are available on video (click here)

"Ginkgo and Tofu"
by Buddy Converse and the Sneakers
A tale of human magnificence, and animal passion
and terror!

From the CD, "Demos and Diamonds"

Real Audio
Windows Media
Ordering Information

COMMENTS on "DEMOS & DIAMONDS" by Jim Terr and Friends

"Some of the most thoroughly enjoyable tunes I've ever heard...tiny monuments to songwriting...For whatever elements came together to make the genius of Jim Terr and his music happen, we should be truly gleeful, grateful and gratified. 'Demos and Diamonds' is a square meal of music, a walk around town when all the lights are out and your first kiss, all over again."
      -Bill Hutchison,
      Santa Fe Reporter

New Mexico Singer/Songwriter Releases Debut CD after 27 Years in the Business!
    This is one of the most enjoyable albums that I have listened to in ages. So country, so interesting and so entertaining. What more could one ask for from music?
   [Jim Terr has been] described as a modern day Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Jimmie Rodgers and Jackie Mason rolled into one. Can I add to that list names like Shel Silverstein, Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, Ray Stevens and the likes--master wordsmiths all, and country boys too.
    This guy could quite easily make our stone country section on all counts. Yes, he is that good...this selection barely scrapes the surface of his huge talent...a killer songwriter and storyteller...
    ["Did It Hurt?"] I just cannot stop laughing... ["The Call"] I find it most delightful as I do the whole album...
    ...all of the guests give stellar performances...
         -Brian Ahern Country Music & More (UK)

A Late Starter!
    ...an impressive line-up of guest artists from New Mexico, California, Hawaii and Nashville. These include "Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year" Kathy Chiavola, Elvis impersonator Lonnie Yanes, the late western actor Slim Pickens, country music trucking star Buddy Converse and the Sneakers, Sara Jo Rubenstein, and Lilia.
      -Country Music Round-Up (UK)

Terr's CD spans parody, eye-opening sincerity
...Terr produced an entire album by [Slim] Pickens, including the Guy Clark song Desperadoes Waiting for a Train--which Clark says is his favorite cover version of any of his tunes.
      My favorite tune [on the CD] is a recent one--Reader's Digest Me... There's not a speck of cynicism in this song, no hipster sneer or yuppie smirk...Terr's simple sincerity in this song and one about his father's death (The Call, 1986) is eye-opening.
      -Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican, "Pasatiempo"

British Country Music Bulletin:
    An entertaining, description-defying collection... If one were to invite comparisons, you'd perhaps liken Jim Terr to Tom T. Hall, or, perhaps Paul Craft.

Comments on previous Jim Terr work:

"Wise, witty and whimsical (and sometimes sad)" -Tony Hillerman

"Bodacious" -Dave Barry

"Terr is clearly a menace to musical serenity, and we advise purists in all genres to keep their distance" -Ed Morris, BILLBOARD

"A cross between Tom Lehrer and Ray Stevens...sorely needed comedy in these uncertain times." -Country Music People (UK)

Comments on 2005 CD, Jim Terr & friends,
"Please Cut My Song, Mr. Travis"

"Combining comedy with tragedy, optimism with hopelessness and prolific wit with his favorite three chords, Jim Terr's songs are triumphant anthems to this difficult business of living. He shares equal territory with the folksy politicism of Phil Ochs, the sheer songwriting skill of Townes van Zandt, and the shamelessly naive sense of ironic humor of Loudon Wainwright III."
   -Bill Hutchison, Anthologist's Cabinet

"Jim Terr's spirit shows through consistently in his songs... It's the droll, sardonic,
'cut-the-B.S.' outlook known around the world as American."
 -James Fallows


CD Features These and Other Artists!
Francine Hand, Kathy Chiavola, Lilia, Edie, Lonnie Yanes, Slim Pickens, Nancy Gagan


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Public service message for “free lance creatives”

When submitting a public service message idea to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, please follow these simple guidelines: DON’T DO IT!!!

Take it from me, a guy with a fairly good public record of creative work (including the VERY long-running “Toss No Mas” jingle.  I submitted an idea which arguably, years later, resulted in the popular NMDOT “Don’t Text” video,  “DNTXT: Deadly Conversation”.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwta1bxyLGw

When I made the Department aware of my earlier submission, and gently suggested they pay me what I had requested as a creative fee in the first place, they politely declined, based on technicalities**, while not actually denying that my idea may have likely resulted in the current campaign.

This is the highly principled, morality-in-government, “do the right thing” Martinez administration, by the way. So, until further notice, and until they decide to do the right thing, my suggested guideline for  submitting ideas remains: DON’T DO IT!

        - Jim Terr 2014  / email bluecanyon2 – at – juno – dot – com

** and asking ME – legal expert that I am not – if I can let them know of any statutes contradicting the technicality they cited!!