mandolin and vocals
Jim has been playing mandolin for around 35 years and also plays guitar. He started in his teens playing with his family who were known as “The Chilson Hill Gang”. His father, Clarence Bevins, also known as “Dusty”, played guitar and sang. His mother, Carrie, played upright bass and sang. His sister, Carol, played the 5-string banjo and sang and his brother, Dave, plays dobro mostly now with “The Atkinson Family” and “The Bluebillies”.
Jim’s father taught him to play chords on mandolin when he was around 8 years old. But Jim got more serious about playing when he started going to bluegrass festivals with his family in his teens. Jim has played with numerous bluegrass bands throughout the years, including “Green Mountain Bluegrass” with Stan and Dan Tyminski, and also with “Common Ground” with his brother Dave. He currently plays with “Cedar Ridge” and “Just Passin’ Thru”, and is on call for “Washington County Line Bluegrass” when they need him to fill in.
Jim’s wife, Debbie, backs him all the way with his music and has been a faithful companion through it all for the past 24 years. She is also a Professional Listener and keeps him in line. Jim’s favorite mandolin players are Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson and John Duffy. Jim is looking forward to playing with “Just Passin Thru” and says everyone in the Band is “Great” and a nice bunch of Folks!