Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Jim McCormick: A Poet Finds A Voice As A Songwriter

Jim McCormick.
Jim McCormick.
Credit Scott Saltzman

The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that’s how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter.

A New Orleans native (and still occasional resident), McCormick penned two of 2012′s number one songs on the country charts. But all that success — and it is considerable — hasn’t gone to his head. He’s stayed humble. And funny. And grateful for the collaborations and to the mentors through the years.

He brought his guitar into the studio to play a little, including some brand new material, as we talked about his career. Sit back and enjoy the conversation.