Jim Collins

Oral History Information

Jim Collins was given a Silvertone Guitar by his dad following the Beatle’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan television program, an event he still recounts with enthusiasm. Jim took a day job in a local recording studio in Texas where he was born while gigging at night. As a studio musician, he also provided backup vocals when needed and began writing his own songs. He was on the trajectory of becoming a solo artist when his songs became in demand by other performers. He has since penned dozens of big hit songs such as “She Things My Tractor's Sexy,” Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven” and “The Good Stuff” all recorded by Kenny Chesney as well as "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" for Gretchen Wilson,  “Big Green Tractor” for Jason Aldean, and “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels” recorded by Ronnie Dunn. His drive and passion to make music continues, in fact, he sang a song he had just written while the NAMM crew set up for his interview!