Fresh out of college and working for Prince of Pizza in Saugus, Massachusetts, Jim’s love for the blues began when he heard such greats as Son Seals and Albert Collins. His first booking client was the James Cotton Band; the booking agency was managed using the pizza restaurant’s pay phone. Other early bands Jim booked included J.B. Hutto, Mighty Joe Young and other artists out of Chicago. Wanting to immerse himself in the music scene, Jim moved to New York City, where he added Joe Mazzari from The Daughters to his client list, and also began a long tempestuous relationship with Johnny Thunders, former New York Dolls singer and the newly named “Godfather of Punk”. Under Jim’s management, Thunders produced three albums and multiple US/European tours. Jim also worked extensively with Jimmy Miller, the producer of five Rolling Stone albums, which helped to build his knowledge of the recording and producing process. Jim also free-lanced on music business row, 57th Street, with the Howard Bloom Agency, Frontier Booking International, and Spotlite Entertainment.
Once established in Florida, Jim put together a film crew to shoot the Frannipalooza Festival and the blues bug bit hard again. Understanding South Florida is a hot bed of blues talent, Jim first booked Dr. Slide on a tour across the US. Jim met and became friends with Dennis Brooks, the legendary Memphis agent; the duo worked with Joey Gilmore resulting in Joey ultimately winning the 22nd International Blues Challenge in 2006. Jim produced Joey’s “The Ghosts of Mississippi Meet the Gods of Africa” CD, with the title track recognized as the Blues Critics Song of the year.Jim’s most recent acquired talent, Kat Riggins, just released “Blues Revival”. Kat entered the RMR chart at number 20. After 38 years in the music business, thousands of gigs and many tracks later Jim was heard shouting: “I think I have a hit!!!”
Now we're hard at work on Kat Riggins' next CD, "Girl in the Boy's Club
James J. Nestor
Director of Label and Video Operations