JGB was born in Brooklyn NYC and spends his days working in the NYC Construction Industry. Jim started teaching himself Guitar an his mom's old acoustic age 12. He then started trying to learn from whatever styles he could. Throughout high school and college Jim played in various bands in a variety of styles including liturgical/folk groups, Jazz Ensemble, and the Scranton, PA group Metanoia. Today Jim is a founding member of Crierbrothers, a NYC indyrock group. Their EP "Original Music and Guide to Creativity" was re-released in 2013 with a collection of short stories and artwork entitled OM>E available through Mcnally Jackson Books.
excerpt from CRIERBROTHERS.com
"Churning out a bracing breed of music that drinks deeply from the well of their Seattle-meets-Brooklyn roots, Crier Brothers play real rock ‘n roll that some of us desperately need today. Born out of the live Empire Vista collective sessions, a roaring force fueled by low-end melodies was created in New York City to tell their story from the gut.
Harkening back to the time before the alternative tag was bastardized, they barrel through the bu****it led by a three-guitar cordon and clockwork rhythm backing. Filmmakers, writers and general raconteurs Jason S. Dennie and James G. Barry, the original brothers, are here as a reminder that authenticity isn’t dead. Crier Brothers have recently released an EP, “Original Music & Guide to Existence” and coinciding book filled with intriguing irreverence that bleeds from the same vein as their music. "
JGBs first CD is titled "Wake Up Singing." The CD has eleven tracks and includes "Why we Make Girls Cry", "The Sea" and "Collection of Dust." Produced by Tim Champion of The Hippy Nuts the album explores the feelings that lead to the albums title.
"I was watching Krishna Das perform in NYC in a Yoga Studio in the East Village. The room was packed and it was very warm. He was pumping on the harmonium and we were all chanting. I was sitting cross legged and leaning with my back against a column. At some point I started to drift off into a trance, or fell asleep; I'm not sure the best way to describe it. When I woke up I realized that my mouth was open and I was still chanting. It was very surreal and inspiriring, I'll never forget it."
One of the most interesting tracks on the album is "South Mountain Road" which is based on an actual road in Rockland County. Champion took samples from an old demo Jim had made for the song and looped them. They then layered on the vibe. Kathena Bryant sat in on vocals and the brutal guitar lead was slung in by memphis guitarist Robert A Johnson. Robert Johnson is best known for his hit album "Close Personal Friend."
"Songs About Falling" title came about a different way. JGB was going over his artwork direction and songs for the project with Andrew Anderson. Andrew, originally from Scotland, is an Architect in NYC and first collaborated with Jim by starring in the infamous ending scene to JGB's short film "Sunny Day." Jim was complaining that he couldn't think of a title that wrestled with all the emotions of love and loss that gave birth to the project. Andrew offered a title he had originally intended to use on his own project. The script writing on the CD is actually Andrew's handwriting. The album was Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Grammy Nominated Peter Bischoff.
Jim is also a member of the NYC Based IndyImprov Group Empire Vista. Empire Vista regularly performs with other troupes stemming from the godfather of the movement, Seattle's own, John Leighton Beezer all over the country. In the Fall of 2013 Empire Vista performed with the Ferro Alloy Orchestra to a crowd of hundreds on the streets below the Manhattan Bridge on the Brooklyn Shoreline. The performance was to support the work of the Manhattan Iron Project led by Michael Dominick. Mike did a live burn and painted with molten iron. The night ended with Mike pouring molten iron onto Beezer's pink Squier Stratocaster.
In 2018 James became the Music Director for The Show Tonight. The Show Tonight is a live comedy show in the style of a late night TV talk show. Hosted by Joe Pally, featuring The Show Tonight Band, members of Crier Brothers, special musical guests, national headline comics, sketches, and off-beat guests. THESHOWTONIGHT.TV