• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995

Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2014, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from
Jim Rooney, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jim Rooney who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Jim Rooney
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 23 April 2014.



'From the first time I heard 'Love in the Hot Afternoon', which was produced by my dear friend Bob Webster (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 22 2001), I loved Gene Watson's voice.

A real, honest-to-goodness country singer, who has made a career giving great songs a way to get into people's lives and hearts.

Long may he continue!'

Thank you, Jim Rooney, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Jim Rooney...

Jim Rooney was born on Friday 28 January 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts.

In 1954, Jim sang on WCOP's 'Hayloft Jamboree' for three months or so.

In 1956, Jim graduated from Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

In 1959, Jim Rooney met Bill Keith at Amherst College, from where he graduated in 1960 (Classics major, Magna Cum Laude).

In June 1960, Jim Rooney played his first professional gig with Bill Keith at The Ballad Room in Boston, Massachusetts and during the Summer of the same year, he traveled with Bill Keith to music festivals in Asheville, North Carolina and Galax, Virginia.

In 1960/1961, Jim Rooney earned a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Classics).

In January 1961, Bill Keith and Jim Rooney opened for Joan Baez at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.

Between 1961 and 1963, Jim earned a Teaching Fellowship at Harvard University and, in 1962, he obtained an M.A. in Classics from Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

In the Spring, Summer and Fall of 1962, Jim Rooney formed a band with Bill Keith, Joe Val, Herb Applin and Fritz Richmond, and saw the recording of the album 'Living On The Mountain' for the Prestige Records label; the album was released in 1963.

In 1963/1964, Jim Rooney was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at The American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece; it was at this time that Bill Keith joined Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys.

In 1964/1965, Jim Rooney's studies at Harvard came to an end and he began performing with Bill Keith and Peter Rowan.

In September 1965, Jim started managing Club 47 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and continued to do so until December 1967.

In the Fall of 1965, Jim Rooney joined the Board of Directors of the Newport Folk Foundation.

In April 1968, Jim produced New Orleans Jazz Festival and joined George Wein’s Festival Productions as a tour manager for Jazz shows; Jim also took Ralph Rinzler’s place as talent coordinator for the Newport Folk Festival.

In 1969, Jim Rooney saw the release of 'Sweet Moments With The Blue Velvet Band' (Warner Bros. Records, 1969), which also featured Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg and Richard Greene.

In 1970, Jim Rooney wrote 'Bossmen: Bill Monroe & Muddy Waters' for Dial Press. In May 1970, he moved to Woodstock, New York in order to manage Bearsville Sound Studios for Albert Grossman, which he did in 1971 and 1972.

In July 1972, Jim Rooney helped Ralph Rinzler produce the first concerts for Festival of American Folklife on The Mall in Washington, DC.

It was also in early 1972 that Jim Rooney recorded the various artists album 'Mud Acres: Music Among Friends' (Rounder Records, 1972), which comprised of Happy Traum, Artie Traum, Maria Muldaur, John Herald, Eric Katz, Jim Rooney, Bill Keith, Tony Brown and Lee Berg.

Jim Rooney also formed a band with David & Jon Gershen which was called 'Borderline' and recorded an album for Avalanche Records, produced 'Living On The Trail' with Eric Von Schmidt for Poppy Records and ceased managing Bearsviille Studios in October 1972.

In 1973, Jim Rooney played gigs with Borderline and also made a second album; he also traveled to Europe to play gigs with Bill Keith and, in November 1973, he moved to Nashville.

In 1974, while still in Nashville, Jim Rooney met James Talley, Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997), Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark & Susannah Clark, and Richard Dobson.

In July 1974, Jim Rooney helped Ralph Rinzler produce ten days of concerts for the Festival of American Folklife on the Mall in Washington, DC and, in the Fall of 1974, he left Nashville and returned to Europe for a series of gigs with Bill Keith.

In 1975, Jim Rooney relocated to the family home in Green Harbor, Massachusetts and formed the 'Partners In Crime' Band with Everett and Tennis Lilly.

It was also in 1975 that Jim Rooney recorded 'One Day At A Time' (Rounder Records, 1975); the album featuted special guests Everett & Tennis Lilly, Bill Keith and Joe Val. It was also at this time that Jim Rooney played gigs around New England.

In 1976, Jim Rooney recorded song demos and returned to Nashville, where he met 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013).

In June 1976, Jim Rooney decided to move back to Nashville, and in October 1976, he became part of 'Cowboy’s Ragtime Band'.

In 1977, Jim Rooney played and sang on Jack Clement’s album 'All I Want To Do In Life' (Elektra Records, 1977), which included the following tracks:

'Gone Girl', which was written by Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'The Roving Gambler', which was arranged by Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'We Must Believe In Magic' (written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
'Good Hearted Woman', which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) and Willie Nelson
'When I Dream' (written by Sandy Mason Theoret)
'All I Want To Do In Life' (written by Allen Reynolds and Sandy Mason Theoret)
'It'll Be Her' (written by Billy Ray Reynolds)
'There She Goes' (written by John Prine)
'Queen Bee', which was written by Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'You Ask Me To' (written by Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver)

Personnel involved in the recording of Jack Clement's 'All I Want To Do In Life' (Elektra Records, 1977) included the following:

Jim Malloy (executive producer)
Jack Clement and Jim Malloy (producers)
Curt Allen and Gene Eichelberger (engineers)
Curtis Allen (vocals, engineer)
Spady Brannan (bass)
David Briggs, Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007), Bobby Wood and Dwight Scott (keyboards)
Jack Clement (guitar, vocals, producer)
Pebble Daniel, Garth Fundis, Richie Jarvis, Kathryn Johnson, Allen Reynolds and Marcia Routh (vocals)
Lloyd Green (dobro, steel guitar)
Irving Kane (trombone)
T'ner Krawczyn and Kenny Malone (percussion, drums)
Sheldon Kurland (strings)
Chris Leuzinger and Grady Martin (guitar)
Rachel Peer-Prine (bass, vocals)
Jim Rooney (guitar, vocals)
Rick Schulman (guitar, vocals)
Lisa Silver Reynolds (violin, vocals)
Dennis Solee (flute, saxophone)

It was also in 1977 that Jim Rooney returned to Woodstock, New York to record 'More Music From Mud Acres' (Rounder Records, 1977). Jim also toured Japan that year with Happy & Artie Traum, Bill Keith, John Herald and Arlen Roth.

George Hamilton IV recorded Jim Rooney's 'Only The Best' and included the track on 'Feels Like A Million' (Anchor Records, 1977); the track reached No.81 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.

In 1978, Jim Rooney recorded 'Pretty Lucky' (Rounder Records, 1978) with the newly-formed Woodstock Mountains Revue for Rounder Records, along with new additions Pat Alger and Roly Salley.

It was also in 1978 that Jim Rooney wrote 'Baby Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of The Cambridge Folk Years' with Eric Von Schmidt for Doubleday/Anchor Books; the book was the winner of ASCAP’s 'Deems Taylor Award'.

In 1979, Jim Rooney played on recording sessions and song demos at Jack Clement’s Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa in Nashville and also toured Europe with Woodstock Mountains Revue.

In 1980, Jim Rooney helped Don Everly to form a band called 'The Dead Cowboys' and toured France, England and Ireland.

It was also arond this time that Jim Rooney was convinced by Jack Clement to learn how to run the control board in the studio and Jim, in turn, convinced Pat Alger to move to Nashville and helped him demo his songs.

Between 1981 and 1987, Jim Rooney was involved with the engineering of various album projects at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa in Nashville.
Jim Rooney became one of Nashville's most valued recording engineers and producers; his finely tuned ear was an obvious asset. Jim Rooney's keen eye for talent unearthed diamonds in Nashville’s rhinestone-studded rough, none more so than Nanci Griffith.

'Who’s better than Jim Rooney?' asked Nanci Griffith. 'He’s magical. I wouldn’t have a career without Jim Rooney'.

In 1984, singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith's third album, 'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (Philo Records, 1984), was recorded at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa in Nashville and was produced by Jim Rooney and Nanci Griffith; the album was a little more country and a little less folk than her previous album releases.
Nanci Griffith's first two albums were backed sparsely with instrumentation, but starting with 'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (Philo Records, 1984), the whole complement of country-styled instrumentalists could be heard. Noted country musicians performing on the album included banjo player Béla Fleck and champion fiddle player Mark O'Connor.

The title song, 'Once In A Very Blue Moon', which was written by Pat Alger and Eugene Levine, was covered by Dolly Parton, who included her version on 'Real Love' (Records, 1985).

Nanci Griffith's third album, 'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (Philo Records, 1984), included the following tracks:

'Ghost In The Music' (written by Nanci Griffith and Eric Taylor)
'Love Is A Hard Waltz' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Roseville Fair' (written by Bill Staines)
'Mary And Omie' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Friend Out In The Madness' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'I'm Not Drivin' These Wheels (Bring The Prose To The Wheel)' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Time Alone' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Ballad Of Robin Winter-Smith' (written by Richard Dobson)
'Daddy Said' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (written by Pat Alger and Eugene Levine)
'If I Were The Woman You Wanted' (written by Lyle Lovett)
'Year Down In New Orleans' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Spin On A Red Brick Floor' (written by Nanci Griffith)

John Prine: 'Aimless Love' (Oh Boy Records, 1984)

In 1984, John Prine saw the release of 'Aimless Love' (Oh Boy Records, 1984), his eighth studio and his first release on his independent record label, Oh Boy Records; the album was produced by Steve Goodman, Jim Rooney and John Prine.

John Prine's 'Aimless Love' (Oh Boy Records, 1984) included the following tracks:

'Be My Friend Tonight', which was written by John Prine, Roger Cook and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8/Sunday 9 May 1999)
'Aimless Love' (written by John Prine)
'Me, Myself And I' (written by John Prine, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn)
'The Oldest Baby In The World' (written by John Prine and Donnie Fritts)
'Slow Boat To China' (written by John Prine, Bobby Whitlock and Linda Whitlock)
'The Bottomless Lake' (written by John Prine)
'Maureen, Maureen' (written by John Prine)
'Somewhere Someone's Falling In Love' (written by John Prine and Donnie Fritts)
'People Puttin' People Down' (written by John Prine)
'Unwed Fathers' (written by John Prine and Bobby Braddock)
'Only Love' (written by John Prine, Roger Cook and Sandy Mason)

Personnel involved in the recording of John Prine's 'Aimless Love' (Oh Boy Records, 1984) included the following:

John Prine (vocals, guitar)
Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007) (organ, upright bass)
Roger Cook (ukulele, background vocals)
Philip Donnelly (guitar, background vocals)
Stuart Duncan (mandolin)
Chuck Fiore and Dee Murray (bass)
Steve Fishell (pedal steel guitar, background vocals)
Donnie Fritts and Glen D. Hardin (piano)
Jack Grochmal (guitar, tambourine)
James Harrah (electric guitar)
Leo LeBlanc (guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass)
Kenny Malone, Tony Newman, Kevin Wells (drums)
Bobby Whitlock (piano, organ, background vocals)
Bobby Woods and Spooner Oldham (piano)
Rachel Peer-Prine (bass, harmony and background vocals, guitar)
Dave Prine (fiddle)
Jim Rooney (guitar)
John Sebastian (harmonica, autoharp)
Sandy Mason, Jennifer Warnes, Greg Prestopino and Matthew Wilder (background vocals)

Between Monday 7 October 1985 and Wednesday 9 October 1985, singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith's fourth album, 'Last Of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1986), was recorded at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa in Nashville; the album was produced by Jim Rooney and Nanci Griffith and was Nanci's last release with the folk music-oriented Philo Records.

The acclaim accorded Nanci Griffith from her previous 'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (Philo Records, 1984) and 'Last Of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1986) would gain her a contract with a major recording company following the release of this album.

On 'Last Of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1986), Nanci Griffith continued her turn toward a more country music-oriented work than that included on her first two albums, which were primarily folk music-sounding.

Nanci Griffith's 'Last Of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1986) also included two songs which would later be Billboard country music hit song for Kathy Mattea: 'Love At The Five And Dime' (No.3, 1986) was included on Kathy's 'Walk The Way The Wind Blows' (Mercury Records, 1986), while 'Goin' Gone' (No.1 for one week in January/February 1988) was included on Kathy's 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987).

Singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith's fourth album, 'Last Of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1986), included the following tracks:

'Last Of The True Believers' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Love At The Five And Dime' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'St. Olav's Gate' (written by Tom Russell)
'More Than A Whisper' (written by Nanci Griffith and Bobby Nelson)
'Banks Of The Pontchartrain' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Lookin' For The Time (Workin' Girl)' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Goin' Gone' (written by Pat Alger, Bill Dale and Fred Koller)
'One Of These Days' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Love's Found A Shoulder' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'Fly By Night' (written by Nanci Griffith)
'The Wing And The Wheel' (written by Nanci Griffith)

In June 1986, John Prine saw the release of 'German Afternoons' (Oh Boy Records, 1986), which was produced by Jim Rooney and included the following tracks:

'Lulu Walls' (written by John Prine)
'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness' (written by John Prine)
'Out Of Love' (written by John Prine and Bill Caswell)
'Sailin' Around' (written by John Prine and John Burns)
'If She Were You', which was written by Steve Goodman (Sunday 25 July 1948 - Thursday 20 September 1984) and John Prine
'Linda Goes To Mars' (written by John Prine)
'Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian' (written by Fred Koller and John Prine)
'I Just Want To Dance With You' (written by Roger Cook and John Prine)
'Love Love Love' (written by Keith Sykes and John Prine)
'Bad Boy' (written by John Prine)
'They'll Never Take Her Love From Me', which was written by Leon Payne (Friday 15 June 1917 - Thursday 11 September 1969)
'Paradise' (written by John Prine)

Jim Rooney was also involved in the recording sessions for Edgar Meyer’s first album, 'Unfolding' (MCA Records, 1986), along with Alison Krauss’ debut album, 'Too Late To Cry' (Rounder Records, 1987).

In 1986, Jim Rooney formed New Blue Velvet Band with Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg and Kenny Kosek and played many music festivals in Canada and Europe.

It was also in 1986 that Jim Rooney formed Forerunner Music, a publishing company, with Allen Reynolds, Mark Miller and Terrell Tye; Pat Alger, David Mallett and Barry & Holly Tashian were the first Forerunner writers.

In 1987, Forerunner Music achieved its first No.1 Billboard record; Kathy Mattea's recording of 'Goin’ Gone' (written by Pat Alger, Bill Dale and Fred Koller), which was included on Kathy's 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987), was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in January/February 1988.

Between 1988 and 2000, Forerunner Music enjoyed many hit songs by writers including Pat Alger, Hal Ketchum, Tony Arata, Tim O’Brien, Pete Wasner, Charles John Quarto, Shawn Camp and others.

Artists who recorded songs of the Forerunner Music publishing company included Garth Brooks, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Hal Ketchum and Trisha Yearwood.

In 1989, Jim Rooney helped to organise Nashville recording sessions for a BBC documentary on Irish music and its travels around the world.

'Bringing It All Back Home' (BBC Records, 1991), which featured The Everly Brothers (Don Everly and Phil Everly), Liam O’Flynn, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Ricky Skaggs, Mark O’Connor and Paddy Glackin, was a Hummingbird Production for BBC Television (Northern Ireland) in association with RTE; the album was released by BBC Records in May 1991.

'Bringing It All Back Home' (BBC Records, 1991) included the following tracks (on CD 1):

'April The 3rd' / performed by Donal Lunny & Friends
'My Love Is In America' (written by Mick Hanly) / performed by Dolores Keane with Mick Hanly
'A Stór Mo Chroí' / performed by Rita and Sara Keane
'When First Into This Country' / performed by The Lee Valley String Band
'Carolina Star' / performed by The Lee Valley String Band
'Kilkelly' / performed by Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane and Robbie O'Connell
'Thousands Are Sailing' / performed by Philip Chevron
'The Bucks Of Oranmore' / performed by The Hughes' Band
'Rose Connolly' / performed by The Everly Brothers - Don Everly and Phil Everly (Thursday 19 January 1939 - Friday 3 January 2014)
'Lakes Of Ponchartrain' / performed by Hothouse Flowers
'Humours Of Galway' / performed by De Dannan
'Sonny' / performed by Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane and Mary Black
'Grey Funnel Line' / performed by Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane and Mary Black
'Nothing But The Same Old Story' / performed by Paul Brady
'Kevin Griffins' / performed by Sharon Shannon, Mary Custy and Eoin O'Neill
'No Frontiers' / performed by Mary Black
'You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time' / performed by Luka Bloom

'Bringing It All Back Home' (BBC Records, 1991) included the following tracks (on CD 2):

'Go Mbeannaoithar Duit' / performed by Peadar O'Riada & Cór Cúil Aodh
'Carolan's Farewell To Music' / performed by Máire Ní Chathasaigh
'An T-Aiséirí' / performed by Noirín Ní Riain & The Monks Of Glenstall Abbey
'Oileánn / Island' / performed by Míchael O'Súilleabháin & The Irish Chamber Orchestra with John McCarthy
'Idir Eatarthu / Between Worlds' / performed by Míchael O'Súilleabháin & The Irish Chamber Orchestra
'Mischievous Ghost' / performed by Elvis Costello with Mary Coughlan
'Equinox' / performed by Davy Spillane
'Blue' / performed by An Emotional Fish With Máire Ní Bhraonáin
'St. Ann's Reel' / performed by Ricky Skaggs, Paddy Glackin and Mark O'Connor
'The Dimming Of The Day' / performed by Richard Thompson and Mary Black
'Cooler At The Edge' / performed by Sonny Condell
'Glen Road To Carrick' / performed by Paddy Glackin, Seamas Glackin and Kevin Glackin
'Don't Let Our Love Die' / performed by The Everly Brothers - Don Everly and Phil Everly (Thursday 19 January 1939 - Friday 3 January 2014)
'Easter Snow' / performed by Catherine Ennis and Liam O'Flynn
'All Messed Up' / performed by Pierce Turner
'Tunes' / performed by Roger Sherlock, Bobby Casey, John Bowe, Tom Nagle, Eilish Byrne and Siobhan O'Donnell
'Western Highway' / performed by Maura O'Connell
'A Song For The Life' (written by Rodney Crowell) / performed by The Waterboys
'The Parting Glass' / performed by The Voice Squad
'A Stóir Mo Chroí' / performed by Liam O'Flynn

In 1991, Jim Rooney produced Iris DeMent's debut album 'Infamous Angel' (Rounder Records, 1991); the album, which was recorded at The Cowboy Arms Hotel in Nashville (July 1991) and The Recording Spa in Nashville (August 1991), was released in January 1992.

Iris DeMent's debut album 'Infamous Angel' (Rounder Records, 1991) included the following tracks:

'Let The Mystery Be' (written by Iris DeMent)
'These Hills' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Hotter Than Mojave In My Heart' (written by Iris DeMent)
'When Love Was Young' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Our Town' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room' (written by F.W. McGee) / this track featured Jim Rooney
'Infamous Angel' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Sweet Forgiveness' (written by Iris DeMent)
'After You're Gone' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Mama's Opry' (written by Iris DeMent) / this track featured Emmylou Harris
'Higher Ground' (written by Iris DeMent) / this track featured Flora Mae DeMent

Personnel involved in the recording of Iris DeMent's debut album, 'Infamous Angel' (Rounder Records, 1991), included the following:

Mark Howard (guitar)
Jerry Douglas and Al Perkins (dobro)
Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997) and Jeff Huskins (bass)
Pete Wasner (piano)
Stuart Duncan (fiddle, mandolin)
Emmylou Harris, Hal Ketchum, Jim Rooney, Flora Mae DeMent and The Infamous Angel Choir (vocals)

In 1992, Iris DeMent stated that she owed her career to Jim Rooney:

'He was one of the first people in Nashville who was willing to give me the time of day. The key thing with Jim is that he knows when the performance has happened. He has an excellent instinct for when you’ve sung the song as well as you’re going to. He’s a deeply intelligent man, but he really cares about the music. His heart has been wrapped around it for a long, long time'.

On Tuesday 7 May 1991, Hal Ketchum saw the release of 'Past The Point of Rescue' (Curb Records, 1991), which was produced by Jim Rooney and Allen Reynolds and included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Small Town Saturday Night' (written by Pat Alger and Hank DeVito) (No.2, 1991)
'I Know Where Love Lives' (written by Hal Ketchum) (No.13, 1991)
'Past The Point Of Rescue' (written by Mick Hanly) (No.2, 1992)
'Five O'Clock World' (written by Allen Reynolds) (No.16, 1992)

Hal Ketchum's 'Past The Point Of Rescue' (Curb Records, 1991) also included the following tracks:

'Old Soldiers' (written by Hal Ketchum and Dave Mallett)
'Somebody's Love' (written by Hal Ketchum and Pat Alger)
'I Miss My Mary' (written by Hal Ketchum)
'Don't Strike A Match (To The Book Of Love)' (written by Hal Ketchum and Pat Alger)
'Long Day Comin' (written by Hal Ketchum and Gary Burr)
'She Found The Place' (written by Hal Ketchum)

Personnel involved in the recording of Hal Ketchum's 'Past The Point Of Rescue' (Curb Records, 1991) included the following:

Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar)
Bruce Bouton (steel guitar)
Gary Burr, Dave Francis, Kathy Mattea and Allen Reynolds (background vocals)
Hal Ketchum (lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar)
Chris Leuzinger (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Milton Sledge (drums)
Will Smith (autoharp)
Pete Wasner (keyboards)
Bob Wray (bass guitar)

In 1991, Pat Alger saw the release of his first album, 'True Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991), which was produced by Jim Rooney and included the following tracks:

'True Love' (written by Pat Alger)
'Lone Star State Of Mind' (written by Pat Alger, Fred Koller and Gene Levine)
'Goin' Gone' (written by Pat Alger, Bill Dale and Fred Koller)
'Like A Hurricane' (written by Pat Alger and Mark D. Sanders)
'This Town' (written by Pat Alger and Fred Koller)
'Love Can Be A Dangerous Thing' (written by Pat Alger and Fred Koller)
'I Do' (written by Pat Alger and Susan Longacre)
'She Came From Fort Worth' (written by Pat Alger and Fred Koller)
'Forever Lovin' You' (written by Pat Alger and Garth Brooks)
'Small Town Saturday Night' (written by Pat Alger and Hank DeVito)
'Once In A Very Blue Moon' (written by Pat Alger and Gene Levine)
'Blue Highway' (written by Pat Alger)

On Tuesday 22 September 1992, Hal Ketchum saw the release of 'Sure Love' (Curb Records, 1992), which was produced by Jim Rooney and Allen Reynolds and included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Sure Love' (written by Gary Burr and Hal Ketchum) (No.3, 1992)
'Hearts Are Gonna Roll' (wriitten by Hal Ketchum and Ronny Scaife) (No.2, 1993)
'Mama Knows The Highway' (written by Pete Wasner and Charles John Quarto) (No.8, 1993)
'Someplace Far Away (Careful What You're Dreaming)' (written by Hal Ketchum) (No.24, 1993)

Hal Ketchum's 'Sure Love' (Curb Records, 1992) also included the following tracks:

'You Lovin' Me' (written by Hal Ketchum)
'Softer Than A Whisper' (written by Pat Alger and Austin Cunningham)
'Ghost Town' (written by Pete Wasner and Charles John Quarto)
'Daddy's Oldsmobile' (written by Hal Ketchum and David Mallett)
'Till The Coast Is Clear' (written by Hal Ketchum and Fred Koller)
'Trail Of Tears' (written by Randy Handley)

Personnel involved in the recording of Hal Ketchum's 'Sure Love' (Curb Records, 1992) included the following:

Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar)
Gary Burr, Keith Carper, Scott Neubert, Debbie Nims and Trisha Yearwood (background vocals)
Bruce Bouton (pedal steel guitar)
Stuart Duncan (mandolin)
Jelly Roll Johnson (harmonica)
Chris Leuzinger (electric guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar)
Bill Miller (Woodland Indian courtship flute)
Joey Miskulin (accordion)
Milton Sledge (drums)
Pete Wasner (keyboards)Bob Wray (bass guitar)

Following the end of her MCA Records contract, in 1991, Nanci Griffith signed with Elektra Records, a record label with a solid history in folk music. Elektra Records allowed Nanci Griffith to choose her own producer; she chose Jim Rooney. 'He always guided me in the right direction', Nanci Griffith explained at the time.

On Tuesday 2 March 1993, Nanci Griffith saw the release of her tenth album, 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Elektra Records, 1993), which was produced by Jim Rooney and included songs written by other songwriters who had influenced Nanci's own career.

Guest artists who appeared on their own compositions included Frank Christian (Sunday 19 October 1952 - Monday 24 December 2012) playing guitar on 'Three Flights Up', Bob Dylan playing harmonica on 'Boots Of Spanish Leather' and John Prine lending harmony vocals on 'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness'.

Nanci Griffith's tenth album, 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Elektra Records, 1993), reached No.54 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart in 1993, although it had no charting singles.

Nanci Griffith's tenth album, 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Elektra Records, 1993), included the following tracks:

'Across the Great Divide', which was written by Kate Wolf (Tuesday 27 January 1942 - Wednesday 10 December 1986) (featuring Emmylou Harris)
'Woman Of The Phoenix' (written by Vince Bell) (featuring James Hooker)
'Tecumseh Valley', which was written by Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997) (featuring Arlo Guthrie)
'Three Flights Up', which was written by Frank Christian (Sunday 19 October 1952 - Monday 24 December 2012)
'Boots Of Spanish Leather' (written by Bob Dylan)
'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness' (written by John Prine) (featuring John Prine)
'From Clare To Here' (written by Ralph McTell (featuring Pete Cummins)
'Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound' (written by Tom Paxton) (featuring Carolyn Hester)
'Do-Re-Mi', which was written by Woody Guthrie (Sunday 14 July 1912 - Tuesday 3 October 1967) (featuring Guy Clark)
'This Old Town' (written by Janis Ian and Jon Vezner)
'Comin' Down In The Rain' (written by Buddy Mondlock) (featuring Lee Satterfield)
'Ten Degrees And Getting Colder' (written by Gordon Lightfoot) (featuring Iris DeMent)
'Morning Song For Sally' (written by Jerry Jeff Walker)
'Night Rider's Lament' (written by Michael Burton) (featuring Don Edwards)
'Are You Tired Of Me Darling?' (written by G.P. Cook and Ralph Roland) (featuring Iris DeMent and Emmylou Harris)
'Turn Around' (written by Malvina Reynolds, Harry Belafonte and Allen Greene)
'Wimoweh' (written by Solomon Linda) (featuring Odetta, Indigo Girls, Kennedy Rose, John Prine, James Hooker, Holly & Barry Tashian, John Gorka, Dave Mallett, Marlin Griffith (Nanci's father) and Jim Rooney)

Personnel involved in the recording of Nanci Griffith's tenth album, 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Elektra Records, 1993), included the following:

Nanci Griffith (vocals, guitar, harmony vocals)
Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) (guitar)
Fran Breen (drums, percussion)
John Catchings (cello)
Frank Christian (Sunday 19 October 1952 - Monday 24 December 2012) (guitar)
Guy Clark (guitar, vocals)
Pete Cummins, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris and Carolyn Hester (harmony vocals, guitar)
Iris DeMent (vocals, harmony vocals, guitar)
Philip Donnelly, Pat Flynn, Pete Kennedy and Leo Kottke (guitar)
Stuart Duncan (mandolin, violin)
Bob Dylan (harmonica)
Béla Fleck (banjo)
John Hartford (Thursday 30 December 1937 - Monday 4 June 2001) (banjo, vocals)
James Hooker (harmony vocal, organ, piano, keyboards)
Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997) and Edgar Meyer (bass)
Lee Satterfield (guitar, harmony vocals)
Mary Ann Kennedy (percussion, vocals)
Alison Krauss (violin)
Pat McInerney (percussion)
David Mallett, Odetta, John Gorka, Marlin Griffith, Amy Ray, Jim Rooney, Pamela Rose, Emily Saliers, Holly Tashian and Barry Tashian (vocals)
Don Edwards (yodeling)
John Prine (vocals, harmony vocals)
Andrea Zonn (viola)

Nanci Griffith's 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Elektra Records, 1993) became her most commercially successful album. At the time, Jim Rooney stated 'That was a very special album'. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences obviously thought so, too; Nanci Griffith won the 1993 Grammy Award for 'Best Contemporary Folk Album', while producer Jim Rooney won a Grammy Award for his production work on the project.

In late 1993, John Prine saw the release of 'A John Prine Christmas' (Oh Boy Records, 1993); two tracks included on the album, 'Silver Bells' (written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans) and 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' (written by Tommie Connor), were produced by Jim Rooney.

In April 1994, Iris DeMent saw the release of her second album, 'My Life' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), which was produced by Jim Rooney and was recorded at The Cowboy Arms Hotel in Nashville (September 1993) and The Recording Spa in Nashville (October 1993).

Iris DeMent's second album, 'My Life' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), included the following tracks:

'Sweet Is The Melody' (written by Iris DeMent)
'You've Done Nothing Wrong' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Calling For You' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Childhood Memories' (written by Iris DeMent)
'No Time To Cry' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Troublesome Waters', which was written by Maybelle Carter (Monday 10 May 1909 - Monday 23 October 1978) and Dixie Dean
'Mom And Dad's Waltz', which was written by Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975)
'Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Shores Of Jordan' (written by Iris DeMent)
'My Life' (written by Iris DeMent)

Personnel involved in the recording of Iris DeMent's second album, 'My Life' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994), included the following:

Richard Bennett, Mark Howard and Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) (guitar)
Al Perkins (dobro)
Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997) (bass)
Pat McInerney and Kenny Malone (drums, percussion)
Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007) and Pete Wasner (piano, keyboards)
Stuart Duncan (fiddle, flute, mandolin)
Phil Parlapiano (accordion)
John Catchings (cello)
Joy Lynn White, Linda Williams and Robin Williams (vocals)

On Tuesday 31 May 1994, Hal Ketchum saw the release of 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994), which was produced by Jim Rooney and Allen Reynolds and reached No.31 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1994.

Hal Ketchum's 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994) included five tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'(Tonight We Just Might) Fall In Love Again' (written by Al Anderson and Hal Ketchum) (No.20, 1994)
'That's What I Get For Losin' You' (written by Al Anderson and Hal Ketchum) (No.22, 1994)
'Stay Forever' (written by Benmont Tench and Hal Ketchum) (No.8, 1995)
'Every Little Word' (written by Marcus Hummon and Hal Ketchum) (No.49, 1995)
'Veil Of Tears' (written by Michael Noble, Jeff Pennig and Hal Ketchum) (No.56, 1995)

Hal Ketchum's 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994) also included the following tracks:

'Swing Low' (written by Pete Wasner and Hal Ketchum)
'Another Day Gone' (written by Gary Nicholson and Hal Ketchum) / this track featured harmony vocals from Patty Loveless
'Walk Away' (written by Gary Nicholson and Hal Ketchum)
'No Easy Road', which was written by Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) and Herb McCullough)
'Drive On' (written by Gary Burr and Hal Ketchum)

Personnel involved in the recording of Hal Ketchum's 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994) included the following:

Sam Bacco (percussion)
Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar)
Gary Burr (harmony vocals on 'Drive On')
Sam Bush (mandolin)
Keith Carper and Scott Neubert (harmony vocals)
Dan Dugmore (pedal steel guitar, dobro)
Chris Leuzinger (acoustic and electric guitar)
Patty Loveless (harmony vocals on 'Another Day Gone')
Russ Pahl (dobro on 'Another Day Gone', acoustic guitar on 'Drive On')
Milton Sledge (drums)
Pete Wasner (piano, Wurlitzer)
Bobby Wood (B3 organ, synthesizer)
Bob Wray (bass guitar)2.The Nashville String Machine arranged by Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007) (strings)

On Tuesday 6 September 1994, Pat Alger saw the release of his second album, 'Notes & Grace Notes' (Liberty/Capitol Records, 1994), which was produced by Jim Rooney and which included the following tracks:

'Tear In Mama's Eye' (written by Pat Alger and Bobby Fischer)
'Open Invitation To The Blues' (written by Pat Alger and Gary Nicholson)
'Somebody's Love' (written by Pat Alger and Hal Ketchum)
'Like We Never Had A Broken Heart' (written by Pat Alger and Garth Brooks)
'That Summer' (written by Pat Alger, Sandy Mahl-Brooks and Garth Brooks)
'One Less Rose In Texas' (written by Pat Alger and Jon Vezner)
'Missing In Action' (written by Pat Alger and Alice Randall)
'The Laughing Years' (written by Pat Alger and Ralph Murphy)
'I'm Taking My Time' (written by Pat Alger and Rick Beresford)
'We've Heard It All Before' (written by Pat Alger)

Personnel involved in the recording of Pat Alger's 'Notes & Grace Notes' (Liberty Records, 1994), the recording of which took place at Jack's Tracks Recording Studio in Nashville, included the following:

Pat Alger (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar)
Chris Leuzinger (electric and acoustic guitar)
Maura O'Connell (gut-string guitar)
Kirk 'Jelly Roll' Johnson (harmonica)
Carl Marsh (piano, keyboards, Fairlight strings)
Pat McInerney (drums, percussion)
Brenda Lee, Maura O'Connell and Hal Ketchum (vocals)
Tommy Spurlock (steel guitar)
Pete Wasner (piano, Wurlitzer piano)
Dave Francis (bass, background vocals)
Bob Wray and Mike Chapman (bass)
Milton Sledge (drums)
Claire Louise, Suzi Ragsdale, Verlon Thompson (background vocals)

In 1994, Pat Alger saw the release of his third album, 'Seeds' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994), which was produced by Jim Rooney and included the following tracks:

'For Everyone With A Broken Heart' (written by Pat Alger and Bobby Wood)
'For Lack Of A Better Word' (written by Pat Alger and Gary Scruggs)
'Like I Used To Do' (written by Pat Alger and Tim O'Brien)
'Seeds' (written by Pat Alger and Ralph Murphy)
'The Thunder Rolls' (written by Pat Alger and Garth Brooks)
'Your Voice' (written by Pat Alger and Bobby Fischer)
'Never Needs A Reason To Rain' (written by Pat Alger, Jim Elliott and Mark D. Sanders)
'Be Ready To Sail' (written by Pat Alger and Austin Cunningham)
'Until My Love Moves You' (written by Pat Alger and Gary Scruggs)
'A Few Good Things Remain' (written by Pat Alger and Jon Vezner)
'You'll Come Back To Me' (written by Pat Alger and Sandy Mason)
'Heart And Soul' (written by Pat Alger)
'Unanswered Prayers' (written by Pat Alger, Larry Bastian and Garth Brooks)

In October 1996, Iris DeMent saw the release of her third album, 'The Way I Should' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996), which was produced by Jim Rooney and was recorded at Scruggs Sound Studio in Nashville (May 1996).

Iris DeMent's third album, 'The Way I Should' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996), included the folowing tracks:

'When My Mornin' Comes Around' (written by Iris DeMent)
'There's A Wall In Washington' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Wasteland Of The Free' (written by Iris DeMent)
'I'll Take My Sorrow Straight' (written by Iris DeMent and Elmer McCall)
'This Kind of Happy', which was written by Iris DeMent and Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Way I Should' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Letter To Mom' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Keep Me God' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Quality Time' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Walkin' Home' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Trouble' (written by Iris DeMent and Elmer McCall) / this track featured guest vocals from Delbert McClinton

Personnel involved in the recording of Iris DeMent's third album, 'The Way I Should' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996), included the following:

Brent Mason, Randy Scruggs, Lonnie Mack, Mark Knopfler and Steuart Smith (guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Dave Pomeroy and John Jennings (bass)
Harry Stinson (drums)
Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012) (banjo)
Chuck Leavell (piano, organ, accordion)
Tom Roady (tambourine)
Tammy Rogers (fiddle, mandolin, violin, cello, viola)
Delbert McClinton (harmonica, vocals)
Russ Taff, Billy Burnette, Bekka Bramlett and Melodie Crittenden (vocals)

In July 1998, Nanci Griffith saw the release of 'Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back To Bountiful' (Elektra Records, 1998), which was produced by Jim Rooney and Nanci Griffith, with the exception of the track 'Streets Of Baltimore', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) and Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 - Tuesday 13 August 2013)', which was produced by Jim Rooney, Nanci Griffith and Don Gehman.

Nanci Griffith's 'Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back To Bountiful' (Elektra Records, 1998) included the following tracks:

'Wall Of Death' (written by Richard Thompson)
'Who Knows Where The Time Goes', which was written by Sandy Denny (Monday 6 January 1947 - Friday 21 April 1978)
'You Were On My Mind' (written by Sylvia Fricker)
'Walk Right Back' (written by Sonny Curtis)
'Canadian Whiskey' (written by Tom Russell)
'Desperados Waiting For A Train' (written by Guy Clark)
'Wings Of A Dove', which was written by Bob Ferguson (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 22 2001)
'Dress Of Laces' (written by John Grimaudo and Saylor White)
'Summer Wages' (written by Ian Tyson)
'He Was A Friend Of Mine', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) and Bobby Bare
'Hard Times Come Again No More', which was written by Stephen Foster (4 July 1826 - 13 January 1864)
'Wasn't That A Mighty Storm' (traditional)
'Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)', which was written by Woody Guthrie (Sunday 14 July 1912 - Tuesday 3 October 1967) and Martin Hoffman
'Yarrington Town' (written by Mickie Merkens)
'I Still Miss Someone', which was written by Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) and Ray Cash Junior
'Try The Love' (written by Pat McLaughlin)
'Streets Of Baltimore', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) and Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 - Tuesday 13 August 2013)
'Darcy Farrow' (written by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell)
'If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)', which was written by Lee Hayes and Pete Seeger (Saturday 3 May 1919 - Monday 27 January 2014)

In 1998, Jim Rooney produced Sean Keane's 'No Stranger' (Grapevine Records, 1998), which earned a 'Gold' record for sales, and included the following tracks:

'Crooked Mile' (written by Mick Hanly)
'Fields Of Gold' (written by Sting)
'Killing Blues' (written by Roly Sally)
'Life Is A Bittersweet Waltz' (written by Craig Safan and Mark Mueller)
'May Morning Dew' (traditional arrangement by Sean Keane)
'Lullaby', which was written by Dan Seals (Sunday 8 February 1948 - Wednesday 25 March 2009) and Rafe VanHoy, with additional lyrics by Charlie McGettigan
'No Stranger To The Rain' (written by Sonny Curtis and Ron Hellard)
'Galway' (lyrics by Oliver St. John Gogarty - from the poem - with music by Tony Small)
'Like I Used To Do' (written by Tim O'Brien and Pat Alger)
'Lay Down Your Weary Tune' (written by Bob Dylan)
'We Dreamed Our Dreams' (written by Dick Farrelly)

Personnel involved in the recording of Sean Keans's 'No Stranger' (Grapevine Records, 1998) included the following:

Sean Keane (vocals, whistles)
Jim Rooney (guitar, backing vocals)
Arty McGlynn (guitars)
James Blennerhassett (upright bass)
Nollaig Casey (fiddle)
Rod McVey (keyboards)
Johnny Og Connolly (accordion)
Tommy Hayes (percussion)
Tommy Keane (uilleann pipes)
Kirk 'Jelly Roll' Johnson (harmonica)
Stuart Duncan (fiddle)
Pat McInerney (drums)
Tim O'Brien (mandolin)
John Catchings (cello)
Christian Teal and Connie Heard (violin)
Kristin Wilkinson (viola)
Dolores Keane, Matt Keane, Jimmy McCarthy and Mick Hanly (backing vocals)

It was also in 1998 that Jim Rooney produced The Lee Valley String Band's 'Corner Boys' (Corner House Records, 1998) and started 'Rooney’s Irregulars' gigs at Station Inn in Nashville.

In September 1999, John Prine saw the release of 'In Spite Of Ourselves' (Oh Boy Records, 1999), which was recorded at Jack's Tracks Studio in Nashville and was produced by Jim Rooney; the album included the following tracks:

'(We're Not The) Jet Set' (written by Bobby Braddock) / this track featured Iris DeMent
'So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)' (written by Don Everly) / this track featured Connie Smith
'Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years', which was written by Claude Boone and Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) / this track featured Lucinda Williams
'When Two Worlds Collide', which was written by Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992) and Bill Anderson / this track featured Trisha Yearwood
'Milwaukee Here I Come' (written by Lee Fykes) / this track featured Melba Montgomery
'I Know One', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) / this track featured Emmylou Harris
'It's A Cheating Situation' )written by Curly Putman and Sonny Throckmorton) / this track featured Dolores Keane
'Back Street Affair' (written by Billy Wallace and Jimmy Rule) / this track featured Patty Loveless
'Loose Talk' (written by Freddie Hart and Ann Lucas) / this track featured Connie Smith
'Let's Invite Them Over' (written by Oney Wheeler) / this track featured Iris DeMent
'Till A Tear Becomes A Rose' (written by Bill Rice and Mary Sharon Rice) / this track featured Fiona Prine
'In A Town This Size' (written by Kieran Kane) / this track featured Dolores Keane
'We Could', which was written by Felice Bryant (Wednesday 7 August 1925 - Tuesday 22 April 2003) / this track featured Iris DeMent
'We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds' (written by Melba Montgomery) / this track featured Melba Montgomery
'In Spite Of Ourselves' (written by John Prine) / this track featured Iris DeMent
'Dear John (I've Sent Your Saddle Home)', which was written by Tex Ritter (Thursday 12 January 1905 - Wednesday 2 January 1974) and Aubry Gass

John Prine's 'In Spite Of Ourselves' (Oh Boy Records, 1999) reached No.21 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1999.

In 2000, Forerunner Music was sold and Jim Rooney began to spend four to five months a year in Ireland.

In November 2004, Iris DeMent saw the release of 'Lifeline' (Flariella Records, 2004), which was produced by Jim Rooney and Iris DeMent, and included the following tracks:

'I've Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart' (written by Hurdis Milsap)
'Blessed Assurance' (written by Fanny Crosby and Phoebe Knapp)
'Fill My Way With Love' (written by Iris DeMent and George Sebern)
'Hide Thou Me' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Old Gospel Ship' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Sweet Hour Of Prayer' (written by William Bradbury and William Walford)
'That Glad Reunion Day' (written by Adger Pace)
'Leaning On The Everlasting Arms' (written by Elisha Hoffman and Anthony Showalter)
'He Reached Down' (written by Iris DeMent)
'Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross' (written by Fanny Crosby and William Doane)
'I Never Shall Forget The Day' (written by Zack Deberry)
'I Don't Want To Get Adjusted' (written by Iris Dement and Sanford Massangale)
'God Walks The Dark Hills' (written by Audrey Czarnikow)


In 2012, Jim Rooney produced Robin & Linda Williams' 'These Old Dark Hills' (Red House Records, 2012), which included the following tracks:

'Lonesome' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'These Old Dark Hills' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Arizona' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Beyond The Realm Of Words' (written by Ron Davies)
'Crossing The Bar' (written by Rani Arbo and Alfred Lord Tennyson)
'Tessie Mae' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Storms Never Last' (written by Bo Jan Erik Andersson and Jessi Colter)
'They All Faded Away' (written by Jerome Clark and Robin Williams)
'Looking For Love' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'My Lucky Day' (written by Bruce Springsteen)
'Forever' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'World Wide Peace' (written by Will M. Ramsey and Almeda Riddle)

In 2012, Jim Rooney's 'Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters', was re-issued by JRP Books.

In 2013, Jim Rooney produced Robin & Linda Williams' 'Back 40' (Red House Records, 2013), which included the following tracks:

'On And On' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Pine County' (written by Jerome Clark and Robin Williams)
'My Sweet Love Ain’t Around', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'This Is The Real Thing' (written by Jerome Clark, Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Urge For Going' (written by Joni Mitchell)
'Dixie Highway Sign' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Green Summertime' (written by Jerome Clark, Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'The Old Familiar House On Christmas Day' (written by Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Daughter Of Macleod' (written by Robin Williams)
'Adam Rude' (written by Robin Williams)
'The Other Side Of Town' (written by Jerome Clark, Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Boots Of Spanish Leather' (written by Bob Dylan)
'Seventeen Years Old' (written by Jerome Clark, Linda Williams and Robin Williams)
'Henry Brown & Jane Saroo' (written by Jerome Clark, Linda Williams and Robin Williams)

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in April 2014, Jim Rooney was promoting hismemoir, 'In It For The Long Run: A Musicial Odyssey' (published by University of Illinois Press).


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