Jim Salestrom is just such an artist.
Jim is an Emmy Award Winning Songwriter, a gifted guitarist and a seasoned performer who has been writing and recording music since he was 13. He has performed for four US Presidents, at the White House, at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and at the Supreme Court for his friend Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson three times and the Academy Awards show, as well as two HBO specials. Jim has also appeared on Ellen, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and Jay Leno shows. His music crosses generational boundaries and is enjoyed by fans of all ages. Jim likes traveling and meeting new folks and sharing his songs and stories that have taken him around the world.
In 1977, Jim, along with his band, Timberline recorded the The Great Timber Rush for CBS EPIC in Hollywood California. While touring with Timberline, they opened for Dolly Parton. This led to a long relationship with Jim playing in Dolly Parton’s band off and on since 1979, including her 2011 Better Day World Tour.
While doing sound for John Denver at John’s first appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, in 1972, he was one of the first to hear Rocky Mountain High at the sound check. Jim recorded vocals and banjo on John Denver’s Different Directions and sang with John in concert. He sang Rocky Mountain High at the Colorado State Capital when the song became the co-official state song of Colorado in 2007.
Jim has created a multi-media tribute to Buffalo Bill that played in May and June of 2017 in various venues in Colorado and he is now performing around the country, including Arkansas. Jim also co-produces the Shetland Reel Music Festival each August in the Shetland Islands of northern Scotland.
Jim performs regularly at the Yellowstone Club and the Stock Farm Club in Montana, as well as The Broadmoor in Colorado. Recent trips to perform include Utah, Wyoming, California, British Columbia, West Virginia, Nebraska, Alaska and Italy.
In 2016, Jim recorded Crossroads in Nashville at the Sound Emporium Studios. He later added a 46 piece orchestra from Macedonia.
Jim's brand new Nashville project, called Shady Pine, was recorded in 2017. Produced with long time friend and John Denver's keyboardist Chris Nole, it features Sam Bush on several songs. “I think Shady Pine might be one of the best sounding records I have ever made"
Jim, with his son James, will be returning to Kearney Nebraska for a special concert at The World Theatre
Two Years in the making, this tribute to Buffalo Bill is a multi media event (large projected images from archives at the Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum), with original songs from the Emmy award winning song writer Jim Salestrom. Jerome Gilmer orchestrated some songs and Pete Huttlinger performs on the song Ponies as a duo with Jim.
Jim's Newest CD
Recorded in Nashville with Sam Bush performing on the CD and Chris Nole, from John Denver’s band, producing it.