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I love music and I believe that music can set you free. It is my honor to teach, perform, produce and write music as there are many amazing people that have dedicated themselves to this way of life. There is nothing more noble. For me, rhythm is the foundation of life. ” - Jim Roberts


Percussion Performance, Drum Set, Djembe, Congas, Bongos, Cajon , Small Percussion  (shakers, tambourine, bells, rattles, claves, wood blocks, shekere, bells, found percussion), Kalimba, Balafon, Teaching  

Private Studio: Taught 6-76 year old students in djembe, hand drums, drum set, audio engineering, marimba, snare drum.  

Elon University: drum set, world percussion, classical percussion, music of the 60's and 70's, music business  

Southern Nash Senior High School: produced students that have won all-district band, all-state band, governor's school and national master class in mallet keyboards and snare drum. Former high school band director  

Southern Nash Middle School: junior high chorus  


Audio engineering diploma from SAE Nashville  

Ran Kalimba Studio in Nashville, TN 2000-2006, produced records for independent projects. Produced 4 personal projects: The Tao of Time, CapeTown Waka Waka, Two Traditions Balaphon, Banjo, Fiddle and Drum and Ancient Hand, Tranze is the Danze. He has recorded with many people on records, demos and personal projects.  


Overland - Documentary Film 2020

Victor Wooten, Futureman, The Horse Flies, Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble, Khalid Saleem, David DiGiuseppe, Billy Dean, Shane Theriot, Donna the Buffalo, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Theresa Andersson, Essra Mohawk, Craicdown, CapeTown. O.J Ekemode, Havana Select, The Dead Set, The North Carolina Rhythm Project, The Quadrivium Project. 


The Tao of Time

Released in 2018, this is a journey through the past and future with Captain Time and his merry Craic crew!

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Recent Discography 

RELEASE March 6  The Doug Prescott Band Let's Do Something Dangerous  2020 (Percussion) 

Karyn Oliver - A List of Names 2019  (Drum Set, Percussion)

Isabel Taylor - Isabel Taylor 2019 (Drum Set, Percussion)

Leah Kaufman - Midnight Refrain 2019 (Drum Set)

Jim Roberts -The Tao of Time 2018 (Original Work, Production)

Lipbone Redding - The Return of the Beautiful 2018 (Percussion, Engineering, Mixing)

The Doug Prescott Band One World: A Benefit for Kiribati 2017 (Percussion)

Previous events


Woodstock and Beyond: Songs of Love and Protest by The Quadrivium Project

Lincoln Theatre, 126 E Cabarrus St, , Raleigh, NC

Featuring Jim on percussion Quadrivium: the four subjects of a medieval university curriculum, comprised of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. The mission of The Quadrivium Project is to engage faculty and students in a collaborative model based on creative destruction and renewal. TQP’s primary directive illustrates the arts’ (music in this case) potential on campus to catalyze disparate disciplines through synchronic intellectual and creative action. More simply put, The Quadrivium Project is NC State University’s faculty rock band. It’s also a research project (Quadrivium Project) for the group members and their students, fully embracing NC State’s brand theme of Think and Do. Looking at the music, artistry, history, culture, fashion, physical and emotional well-being, and technology of the artists whose music TQP plays, as well as the logistics of performing a professional rock show with state-of-the-art lighting, design, projections and sound, this research not only informs the performances but also provides students with entrepreneurial opportunities. While the Quadrivium Project band’s performances are the public face of the project, and, let’s be honest – a really engaging and fun time for the members! – it’s the research and resulting student projects that will be prove to be the longest lasting and most meaningful contributions. Current and former student projects, emanating from students in a wide variety of majors, are moving from thinking and into doing and will allow other live music groups to benefit from new items which are aimed at making live contemporary music performances more easily successful.


Concert w Jon Shain/Craicdown/FJ Ventre

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Willow Oak Pavilion, 326 Vickers Rd., Chapel Hill

On Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 pm, Craicdown and Jon Shain with FJ Ventre are presenting a concert by the lake at the Willow Oak Pavilion just outside of Chapel Hill. Jon Shain is the 2019 International Blues champion and presents a show of blues and songs with great passion and genuineness. FJ Ventre is one the areas premiere bass players who has toured with Jon since childhood. Together they present music with a new originality and reverence for old musical forms. Great songwriting and performance!

Craicdown plays World Acousticana - inspired by world traditions with a rootsy and contemporary panache! The Craicers showcase such instruments as accordion, cittern, Irish flute, fiddle and a plethora of world and American percussion. David DiGiuseppe, Rob Sharer and Jim Roberts create a pallet of rich musical gumbo and play with possessed inspired passion! There will be 4 new songs presented this month - don't miss them~!

There is a recommended donation of $20 with children under 12 free. We will have 40 chairs available but you may want to bring your own just to be safe.

The Willow Oak Pavilion is located at 632 Vickers Rd, off of 15-510 south towards Pittsboro. Vickers Rd is opposite of the Briar Chapel community. Free parking.


Will the Circle Be Unbroken 11

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The Arts Center, 300-G E Main St, , Carrboro, NC 27510

The ArtsCenter’s annual Songs from the Circle shows are a celebration of the best in classic American Folk and Bluegrass.

In spring 2012 local guitarist Danny Gotham organized a memorable benefit concert involving a live presentation of songs from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s iconic album of 40 years prior, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Danny and his colleagues have made this a tradition at The ArtsCenter, and Songs from the Circle returns for its 11th incarnation this year on June 14th. This event builds on the material of the album, paying homage in a more general sense to the classics, with an occasional original that stays in the spirit of classic country and bluegrass.

Tickets $15. The Circle Crew for this event includes Jim Watson, Rebecca Newton, Danny Gotham, Hank and Pattie, Mike Babyak, Jan Johansson, FJ Ventre, Isabel Taylor, Larry Nixon, Stan Lewis, Jim Roberts, Scott McBride, Tommy Goldsmith, and Barry Gray.