Jim White is a fringe artist, working in a variety of mediums. In an average year he splits his time between being a musician, music producer, visual artist and writer.
Musically his work has been compared to the likes of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Captain Beefheart, while his stories and lyrics lean in the Southern Gothic direction, most often reminding people of Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor.
He has released six studio albums and five side projects over the years and songs he's written have frequently appeared both in films and television—most recently his song "Wordmule," which was featured in the opening segment of the final season of Breaking Bad.
His visual art has been shown in fancy galleries in Holland, Ireland, and the US. His latest show, Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller, appeared at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art down in New Orleans.
Prior to his work as a musician he led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs—dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, fry cook, surfboard laminator—culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.
At the end of this odyssey he was signed to a six record deal with David Byrne's Luaka Bop Records and has circled the globe relentlessly during the past fifteen years following this trade. During this time he's collaborated with luminaries the likes of Aimee Mann, Victoria Williams, Bill Frisell, Tucker Martine, Joe Henry, The Barenaked Ladies, Morcheeba, Sade's band and more.
He is presently working on a memoir based on a series of bizarre coincidences from his days driving taxis in New York City (the Travis Bickle phase). Two chapters, "The Bottom" and "Superwhite," have already been featured in the literary music journal Radio Silence.