Jim Hurst is the IBMA Guitar Player of the year for 2001 and 2002. He
was featured on the cover of the Jan/Feb 1999 issue of Flatpicking
Guitar magazine. He and Missy Raines were nominated for IBMA's "Emerging
of the Year" in 2000 and 2001. Jim has toured with many top artists such
as Trisha Yearwood and Holly Dunn and most recently was featured on Sara
Evans' RCA/BMG recording "No Place That Far", whose single climbed to #1
on the Billboard Chart. In 1999, he released his solo debut, "Open
Jim Hurst has played many different kinds of music
including bluegrass, country, rock and blues with
several different bands.
"I think Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Don Reno and Red
Smiley, as well as some country music stars were my earliest
influences." Later came the influences of Clarence White, Doc Watson,
Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Tony Rice. "I listened to
each guitarist with a fresh ear." Although flatpicking is a large part
of bluegrass guitar, Jim first started learning to play finger-style.
"Merle Travis and Chet Atkins made me take a turn in the road." But Jim
considers his biggest influence to be Jerry Reed.