Appeared regularly at the Wise Fools Pub in Chicago / Lincoln ave location (as HOUSE band member), backing Blues legends as: JOHN LITTLE JOHN, BUDDY GUY, JIMMY ROGERS, JOHNNY YOUNG, etc . Performed 3 memorable nights at renown venue QUIET KNIGHT as backing guitarist for LIGHTNIN HOPKINS, WILD CHILD BUTLER & SAM LAY "highlight" show.
After relocating in California during early 70's , Jim backed legendary artists: Big Joe Turner, T. Bone Walker, George Smith, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musslewhite.
Performed at prestigious renown venues while in LA : TROUBADOUR, WHISKEY A GO-GO, CORRALE, ASH GROVE
Recorded in LA, Calif on his first debut album production, (as highly credited guitarist) with JIMMY ROGERS, FREDDIE KING.... Album entitled:
"Gold Tail Bird " Produced by Leon Russell & JJ Cale. released on Shelter / Capitol labels
Later recorded with JOHN LEE HOOKER in Hollywood, featuring guest artists JOE COCKER + Johnny guitar