Jim Jones – Author, Musician, Performer

Jim Jones is a Western/Folk Singer/Songwriter, an author and a native Texan who lives in New Mexico. He was the International Western Music Association’s 2014 Male Performer of the Year and winner of that organization’s 2019 Song of the Year, along with the Academy of Western Artists 2016 Western Song of the Year and the Western Writers of America 2013, 2017 and 2021 Spur Awards for Best Western Song. His songs and books are about the West … cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train … songs about people and land, rivers and mountains, the beauty of the Western sky.  Jim has produced eleven Western/Folk albums as well as five Western novels, a novella and a Children’s Book in the Western genre. His Western novels include the Jared Delaney series, Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon, and the spin-off series including The Big Empty (2016) and The Lights of Cimarron (2019), published by both Five Star Publishing and Speaking Volumes Press.  In addition, his novella, “Scarecrows,” is part of a four piece anthology from Five Star called Perilous Frontier: A Quartet of Crime in the Old West, that was just released in 11/21. His children’s book, Bolo the Brave, illustrated by Kamee Young, was published in 11/20 and was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist in the category of Illustrated Children’s Books. The second book in the Bolo the Brave series will be coming out shortly. Solo albums include “Race with the Wind,” 2015, “Headin’ Home,” 2018, compilation CD, “Favorites,” 2019, and the CD, “Good Days Are Comin’” in 2021. 


  • International Western Music Association 2019 Song of the Year- “It’s a Cowboy I Will Be”
  • IWMA 2019 Traditional Album of the Year, “Cowboy Way Trio” 2019
  • “Cowboy Way Trio” IWMA Traditional Group of the Year 2017, 2018,  2019 and 2021.
  • Western Music Association: 2017 Traditional Group of the Year, The Cowboy Way Trio
  • Western Writers of America: 2017 Spur Award- “Halfway Down the Devil’s Road,” (Jim Jones, Allan Chapman) Western Song of the Year
  • Western Heritage Wrangler Award: 2017 Best Traditional Western Album, “The Cowboy Way”
  • Academy of Western Artists: 2016 Western Song of the Year
  • Western Music Association: 2014 Male Performer of the Year
  • Western Writers of America: 2013 Spur for Best Western Song- “Texas is Burnin”
  • Academy of Western Artists: 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Western Music Association: 2011 Outstanding Western Book- Colorado Moon
  • New Mexico Music Awards: 2009 Best Western Song- “Cowboys of New Mexico”

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