"I have known Jimmy since he was running sound at the original House of Bricks on Merle Hay. To those who didn't know him, he may have seemed at times like a foulmouthed, grumpy crumudgeon... but those of us lucky enough to know him know that is a facade... Jimmy has a heart of gold beneath that gruff exterior.
"He has always been someone that is there for his friends. Always someone you can talk to. Always one of the few people with enough guts and honesty to tell you his real thought on stuff, even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear.
"Jimmy has been a staple of the live music scene in Des Moines for at least 15 years. Every local musician knows him. And if someone dislikes Jimmy, it is more a reflection on that person than on Jim.
"All of us in Cirrus Minor have mad love and respect for the guy - he has been there through good times and bad and always stayed supportive. And so, now that he has fallen on tough times, we're there for him!"
- from Aaron Lea of Cirrus Minor for this podcast/blog
"Cirrus Minor is an eclectic musical artistic endeavor, producing a unique brand of alternative rock unbound by stylistic restrictions. From funky dancable jams to face-melting, intense progressive rock, their music twists through numerous genres, much like an iPod on shuffle. Dishing up unique takes on blues, funk, raggae, folk, disco and more is all a part of the founding philosophy of the band - a group of high caliber musicians from very different backgrounds enabling each other to have the freedom to fully artistically express themselves with no limits.
This highly creative and diversity-driven approach to songwriting has gotten Cirrus Minor invited to share bills with jammers (Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, Blues Traveler, etc…), experimental psychedelic acts (Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Fishbone, etc…), rockers (Snot, Green Jello, Hed(pe), etc...), rappers (Wiz Khalifa, De La Sol, etc…), and many other eclectic acts (Yonder Mountain String Band, Huey Lewis, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bassnectar, STS9, Disco Biscuits, Slightly Stoopid, moe., Girl Talk, Bruce Hornsby, Spearhead and many more), while their energetic live shows help them win over every audience. Cirrus Minor has spent the past seven years touring festivals and venues in 9 states (including Wakarusa, Harvest Fest, Summer Camp, 80-35, dates with Primus and Wookiefoot, etc…)."
- from their Facebook page
Aaron Lea - Bass
Mike Ruby - Guitar
Joe Corbin - Drums
Rich Cantrell - Keyboard