Jim Carlton is a popular fingerstyle guitarist, singer, comedian and writer. He began his music career in 1962 with Jim Stafford and Gram Parsons in their rock band, The Legends.
In addition to his performing career, Jim has written material for several well-known personalities including: the Smothers Brothers, Gallagher, Pat Paulsen, Joan Rivers, Roger Miller, Mason Williams and Jim Stafford. He also produced two TV pilots at Universal Studios and has written for a number of television shows including the New Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS in 1988 and 89. During that era, Jim frequently created special material that appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Arsenio Hall Show, Nashville Now, Thicke of The Night and Late Night with David Letterman. He also co-wrote, with the renowned musician Rodney Dillard, several comic vignettes for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Jim is also the author of the libretto for The Pirate’s Adventure, an attraction and stage show that has been running in Orlando for more than ten years.
In 2001, Jim Carlton co-produced a CD for Sundazed Music entitled Another Side of This Life - The Lost Recordings of Gram Parsons, a compilation of recordings he made of Parsons in 1965 and 1966. Also in 2001, Jim was featured as a guest speaker and panelist at the prestigious music industry function South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.