Jim Bruno trio


What does Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Thad Cockrell, Mary Lou Lord, Cliff Eberhardt, Maurice Tani and Laurie MacAlister have in common? They’ve all recorded songs written by Jim Bruno! Also, Molly Tuttle, one of the fastest rising stars in Nashville, is an ex-songwriting student of Jim’s.


Jim Bruno is a Northern California based published songwriter and taught Songwriting at Foothill College in Los Altos, California and at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.


Jim is currently based in Woodland, CA and fronts an outstanding trio including the great guitarist Jim Barnes and on featured on bass the amazing Andrew Sisco.


The trio recently performed with Tender Mercies, a side project for members of Counting Crows.


As a performing songwriter he has performed with the following artists: Shawn Colvin, Timothy B Schmidt, Graham Parker, John Gorka, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Ely, Greg Brown, Mary Lou Lord, Steve Forbert, Bill Morrissey, Big Twist, and Cliff Eberhardt.  He’s performed at the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, the Udine Folk Festival in Udine, Italy and has toured five times in Europe. He also played bass, guitar and sang in the Shawn Colvin Band for a number of years and often performed with Shawn as a duet.


He’s negotiated and signed numerous song publishing agreements. Among others these publishers include Bug Music and the Welk Music Group in Los Angeles, and Largo Music in New York. In addition to his having his own publishing company, Jimmy Bruno Music, as a songwriter he currently has a music publishing agreement with Universal Music Group. He is an affiliated Publisher and Songwriter with BMI and the Harry Fox Agency.



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Jim Bruno played both of my venues many times during my tenure, always accompanied by his loyal fanbase while consistently winning over new audience members. After opening for ex-Eagle Timothy B Schmit, an industry insider told me " I never arrive in time for the opener, but after this set...I'm NEVER missing another.” - Dennis Juarez

— Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Operations Manager Slims, Great American Music Hall (retired)

Jim's songs display so much craft, heart, insight, charm, and melodic appeal. Nothing cluttered or gimmicky or pretentious ... just the key ingredients of appealing tunes with memorable lyrics. He performs his material with earnest directness that is disarming, while his between-song stories and intros are engaging and thoroughly entertaining.” - Miles Hurwitz

— Former BAM (The California Music Magazine) Associate Publisher, band manager/producer.

"When Jim plays at our house concerts they are always some of our best attended and most fun. The audience knows that they're going to get a combination of Jim's thoughtful songs along with some great cover tunes that are performed with gusto. We always look forward to having Jim play for us" ” - Valerie Birk

— Route One House Concerts, Flossmoor, IL

"Jim Bruno is a positive force, and his songs are filled with vitality and intellect. He consistently engages and delights our Lost Church audiences. A skilled songwriter and artist, Jim is a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We schedule him on our calendar whenever we can!"” - Michele Kappel

— Operations Director, The Lost Church, Live Performance Space, San Francisco

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