Catching up with Jim Callahan: Part II

By Dave Carew

Last week we began our exclusive Underground Nashville conversation with singer-songwriter Jim Callahan.  In this conclusion to our interview, Jim talks about some of the highlights in his career, and what lies ahead.

UN:  Of the musical goals you’ve accomplished so far, which are you proudest of?

JIM CALLAHAN: I suppose I would lean on the songs on [my recent album] The Poet. I am really proud of “Feeling Sorry,” which tells the listener a whole lot about who I am and what I believe. “Harmony Don’t Live There Anymore” has a technology-based background, being about two people I “met” on Facebook, who split up after being lovers and songwriting partners for 12 years. And most recently, Michael Boris and I helped Taylor Dukes ask that question; “What If It’s Love?” It’s a beautiful song and a real life question many people ask.

One other thing I’d like to say about accomplishments. Very likely, the most powerful moment for me was way, way back. We had recently moved to Tennessee, I was working my 70-hour-a-week day job, and I felt like there was no end to this conflict between the artist inside me and the responsible adult I needed to be. My wife and I went to a party at someone’s home. Shortly after we entered the door, the host introduced me to one of the other guests: “This is Jim Callahan, he’s a songwriter.” That is all I ever wanted.

UN:  What will 2013 hold for Jim Callahan?  What do you most hope to accomplish this year?

JC: We are getting off to a good start with two more songs in the works for Taylor Dukes, as well as a couple of new songs I am working on for myself. I am certain we will get a new album released this year, although I’m not sure about timing. My major goal for the year is to expand performance locations and opportunities. I really want to do more house concerts and/or private performances. Words and music can be so very powerful in an intimate setting, and I feel like most of my songs and my style lend themselves to that concept. Anyone interested can contact me through email at

Upcoming live performances by Jim Callahan:

February 9th ~ 8:00pm ~ Back Alley Diner ~ on Arcade Alley, Nashville. (With Tim Rowland, Taylor Dukes, and Michael Boris)

February 26th ~ 6:30pm ~ Hotel Indigo ~ on Union & 3rd, Nashville. (With Mark Vikingstad, Taylor Dukes)

For Part I of ‘Underground Nashville’’s exclusive conversation with singer-songwriter Jim Callahan, please see below.  For more information, please visit

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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