Jimmie plays the keys and harmonica in Twisted Brown Trucker
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What Kid Rock says:
“Jimmie Bones is the musician’s musician. If Hank’s in town and wants Jimmie to play keys on his record, Jimmie knows it. I find out how more and more talented he is everyday with his harmonica or his piano. In a lot of ways he’s like the bandleader. If they’re rehearsing and I’m not there he knows when someone is playing something wrong. We call Jimmy the monkey of the band. We always picture him holding a drum with symbols on his back, stomping the feet. He has so many duties. He can do samples, play keyboards, kick pedals, play harmonica and play background at the same time. He’s very talented.”
Jimmie Bones, born James Trombly is the quiet, behind-the-scenes musician who is part of the current national focus on the Detroit music scene. Besides recording as a member of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band and with Uncle Kracker, he’s also recorded with other artists including Hank Williams Jr., Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise who he also toured with, Beth Hart, Jody Raffoul, Bootsie X and the Lovemasters, Karen Monster, Thornetta Davis and the Trash Brats.
It’s been said that Jimmie’s soulful keyboard skills could send an atheist to church. When Jimmie’s fingers press the keys they become a circle of the same energy. The man and his talent are one in the same, but he doesn’t take to the stage or studio alone. You may find Jimmie alongside the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Johnny Johnson, Otis Spann, Billy Preston, Floyd Cramer, Nicky Hopkins, Ian Stewart, The Reverend James Cleveland or even Sly Stone. They have all influenced Bones — one of the most genuine, soulful cats on the scene.
Kid Rock discovered that Jimmie played harmonica while Rock was producing a David Allan Coe recording on which Bones was playing the Hammond B-3, the instrument for which he is most widely known. When Rock suggested finding a harp player for the track, Bones jumped in and played it, much to Rock’s surprise. Rock asked, “Why didn’t you tell me you could do that while we were recording Devil Without A Cause??!!”
Bones also has contributed backing vocals for almost everyone he’s recorded with, including the Kid Rock records, History of Rock and Cocky, Hank Williams Jr.’s Almeria Club, as well as Uncle Kracker’s No Stranger to Shame and the multi-platinum Double Wide. Perhaps most notably on the hit single Follow Me from Double Wide and To Think I Used To Love You from No Stranger to Shame. As a writer, Bones is credited with co-writing the Kid Rock classic Cowboy from the 11 million selling Devil Without a Cause along with Black Bob, Do It For You, Jackson Mississippi, Cold and Empty, and Rock and Roll from the double platinum Kid ROCK, as well as co-writing Double Wide’s cuts Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Better Days and You Can’t Take Me with Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock.
Add to the list, co-writing and playing keyboards, bass and harmonica for the latest R.L. Burnside releases Darker Blues and A Bothered Mind which have both received critical acclaim from mainstream, alternative and purist blues and roots movement audiences. Bones can also be found on Beth Hart’s release Leave The Light On and rocking some soulful Hammond B-3 organ on a cover of the Jerry Reed song Amos Moses from the Hank Williams Jr. release I’m One Of You. Most recently he has been writing with Nashville hit slinger Marcel who’s credits include the Josh Gracin hit Nothin’ To Lose, There’s More To Me Than You from the Jessica Andrews release Now, and The Weight Of Love from the latest release by LeAnn Rimes, This Woman.
Northern Michigan farm life obviously imbedded a teamwork ethic into Bones. His family hails from the “thumb” area and it’s Upper Peninsula, where hard work and an appreciation of simple things are part of the breeding. Hey, when your father was born in Rock, and you spent much of your life on the family farm near Bad Axe, I’d say your destiny was pre-determined.