Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick

A Poet Finds A Voice As A Songwriter

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. In September, 2020, his song “The Good Ones,” recorded by Gabby Barrett, tore up Billboard’s Country Top 40 chart. Some have called it “the wedding song of 2020.”

Jim McCormick in the studio
Photo: Scott Saltzman

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 as we talked about his career. Sit back and enjoy the conversation.

First Flight

In 2014, McCormick took on a side job. He joined forces with three talented songsmiths in New Orleans to create a kind of super group. It was “an idea for a good time,” he says, “that wouldn’t go away.”

McCormick, Paul Sanchez, the late Spencer Bohren and Alex McMurray are the Write Brothers. And they called their debut album —what else? — First Flight. The 2015 recording is a collection of original songs highlighting each member’s unique talents.

They followed up with 2020’s Into the Sky. To find out more about the Write Brothers and what they’re up to, go to their website.

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