Jim Newsom is well known throughout southeastern Virginia as a uniquely talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was nominated in four categories in the 2018 VEER Music Awards, the regional version of the Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
He’s led rock, jazz and acoustic bands, most recently with the duo Mountaintide, with whom he recorded and released two albums of original material as well as a CD of children’s music. The most recent recording, Coffee & Fried Steak, came out in June, 2017. Their first CD, Dancing in the Sun, was released in June 2015, followed by the children’s album, Away We Go, in November 2015.
Jim’s original songs cover a wide range of styles and touch on a diverse range of subject matter: The environmental anthem “Open Spaces,” the wistful beauty of “Virginia,” the summer memories of “Talking Like Horses,” the journey up “460 West to Blacksburg,” the singalong folk song “Colors of the Rainbow,” the lyrical potency of “Growing Guns on Trees.” His “Last Anti-War Song” was nominated for Song of the Year in the VEER Music Awards.