Jim Hanna

Currently from Maple Valley, WA, I grew up in northeast Ohio and lived in the Los Angeles area before planting my roots here in the Northwest.  My first public performance was in 6th grade in the Norton Elementary School talent show with long time friends Greg and Morry.  After dabbling in music through high school and college, I found myself in Los Angeles and started attending an open mic at the Banjo Cafe in Santa Monica, where I met Gene Williams. Gene and I starting a band which lasted until I decided to move from LA to Seattle.  After several years with a young family and away from performing, I answered an add in a local paper for a bluegrass guitar player - even though I wasn't really a bluegrass player.  I have been playing with the band Ryegrass ever since and have had a great time (and still having a lot of fun) playing with my friends John Burke, Paul Michel and Steve Marx.  Several years ago I decided it was time to start writing my own music and have published two collections of songs.  The first release, Patches, was produced in 2012.  I released a second CD, Sratchin' In The Dirt' in 2019.  You can find both on the audio page.  I am in the process of writing the material for a third CD - hopefully out in 2020.  I currently perform both with Ryegrass and as a solo artist.  You can find upcoming dates on my calendar page.

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