JIMMY HERMAN: I was playing for an artist at a festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Carrie was headlining that night. Our slot was the 2pm show where the sun was right in our faces and I couldn’t keep the fiddle and guitar in tune to save my life! The artist was wanting to play and book it out of there back to Nashville, and a few of the guys in the band had convinced everyone to chill for the evening and watch part of Carrie’s show. I was hanging backstage watching another artist perform when Carrie’s MD, Mark Childers, had come onstage to watch as well. I had met Mark a couple years prior when he was playing for a different artist, so I figured I would reintroduce myself and shoot the breeze. I’m pretty sure we only talked for 10 minutes and it really wasn’t even about music. Four months later, I get a call from Mark and he said, “Man, we’re looking for a fiddle player. You seem like a good hang and I’m pretty sure you can play fiddle, so would you be interested?” Man, what can come from a 10 minute conversation about the weather??!! Seriously…I was so shocked! Long story short. I met with management, played some tunes, and now it’s coming up on 6 years since getting the Carrie gig! This story is proof that “how well you hang, is just as important as how well you play”.
TMG: You’re a huge personality on stage. Have you always been that guy, or did you ever have a shoegazer phase?
JIMMY HERMAN: Good lord no!! As a kid I used to have my back turned to the audience while I played. I had the most stone sober look on my face too. I was just trying to focus on what I was doing and on the outside, it looked like I was forced by my parents to be there. I’m still to this day pretty shy, I think. But when I’m on stage, that’s when I let it all go and have fun. Some day I’ll be middle aged and nobody will want to see me in spandex, rockin out like Spinal Tap. Until then, I’m gonna probably not wear spandex. But, I will let loose and have as much fun as humanly possible. Life is way to short to not be comfortable in your own skin. Embrace it!!
TMG: What advice would you give to someone that is considering moving to Nashville to try the music thing but is sort of apprehensive?