Jim Collins, Called Jim Bob to close friends and family, he grew up mountain style, playing Bluegrass tunes on the front porch of his family’s one-room cabin. Jim counts his family as some of his biggest supporters, including his four brothers and dad, aptly named Joe, Bo, Joe, Bo, and Billy Bob. After mastering the washtub bass (single string), Jim nimbly whittled his first multi-string instrument from an old hickory stump. Jim credits moving from a single-string instrument to a multi-string instrument a “snap” noting, “I simply tune all the strings the same, that way there’s no worry of playing the wrong one!” Recently relocating to the big city of Black Diamond, Jim has had the pleasure of experiencing everyday life with electricity for the first time ever. “It makes my bass loud,” Jim extols with a grin.