Jamie began writing songs soon after he started playing guitar at the age of 16. While a student at Paul Smith's College in the early 1980s, Jamie played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals for a college rock n roll band called "Easy Street." In the mid-1980s, Jamie teamed up with folksinger Peggy Lynn to perform traditional and original folk songs around the central New York area.
After finishing graduate school at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY and securing a full-time position as Professor at ESF's Ranger School in Wanakena, NY, Jamie began to find some time to fit music back into his life. He joined the folk/acoustic rock group "Trillium" and performed with them for about a year in the northern New York/Adirondack area. A few years later he befriended Rick Kovacs and Angie Oliver, who had recently moved from Vermont to the NW Adirondacks. Thanks to Rick and Angie, Jamie learned a ton about traditional music and contra dancing and was inpsired to dust off, and once-again annoy the world with, his claw-hammer banjo 'skills.'
With these and other fantastic experiences behind him, Jamie became especially prolific in the first few years of the 21st century. His new songs focused on the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks--where he has spent summers since he was 9 and lived year-round for the last 23 years--and on his concern for the environment in an era of exponential human population growth.
Today, Jamie continues his prolific song-writing streak, penning increasingly insightful songs about his Adirondack home, as well as soulful songs that reflect his profound fascination with goodness of people, with the nature of people, and with the relationships between people and nature. His experience as a forester for over 25 years, and as a teacher of forestry for over 20 years, provides him with a seemingly endless supply of refreshing nature metaphors to enliven and consummate his songs. Jamie's music has been used by many people for many reasons: slide shows, movies, ice shows, restaurants, school programs...even as a distraction for someone getting a root canal! He is featured in the Emmy award winning 2013 documentary "Songs to Keep," produced by Mountain Lakes PBS, and he was recently filmed for an upcoming documentary "The Adirondacks and its People," by Louise Wieck.
With the continued support of his family and some great friends, Jamie recently completed work on his third CD and plans to return to the recording studio in late 2014 to begin work on his fourth. He continues to perform regulalry in the central and northern New York area.