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Jim Bianco




Throughout his career, Jim Bianco has drawn inspiration from, what some might consider, untraditional sources. Whether an elevator operator in Tokyo, a stalker in Hollywood, a wedding in Tennessee, or a sinner in church, his songs have twisted their way out of his head and into the hearts of his fans.  

“My father is a Brooklyn-born weight-lifting Italian Roman Catholic who wields a pompadour and only drives a Cadillac. My mother is a kind, classic, 1950’s Brooklyn Jew who quit high school to work in a pencil factory. It’s pretty obvious where my obsession with eccentric characters comes from.”

Bianco is a founding member of the Hotel Café scene, the popular venue in Los Angeles credited with the renaissance of the Los Angeles singer/songwriter movement. With antics such as building a catwalk onto his stage and leaping offstage into the crowd to perform from the middle of the room, Bianco’s performances played an integral part in shaping the club’s reputation as it grew in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. With Hotel Café as his jumping-off point, Bianco went on to tour the country and the world with performers such as Squeeze, Shelby Lynne, Loudon Wainwright III and many more.

Though unconventional, his music has garnered the attention and support from the likes of NPR’s "All Things Considered', Mountain Stage, NBC’s Craig Ferguson, HBO’s True Blood, and the Getty Museum, to name a few.

With his record “Cookie Cutter” (2013), he focused his attention and inspiration on, what might be, a peculiar subject: YOU.

Yes, you.

He wants to know one thing, specifically: is your life song-worthy?

Think about it for a second.
You listen to music every single day. Throughout your life you’ve heard thousands of songs. They provide the soundtrack to your most memorable moments.  
But none of them are about you. Not a single one.
They might relate to you, or you might relate to them, but they’re about someone else. Who, exactly, are they about? What makes their life worth singing about? Do they have something special that you don’t?  

On “Cookie Cutter”, Bianco set forth to answer that question for seventeen fans, who gained the opportunity by pledging to a fundraising campaign. For the project, Bianco asked each of them the same 69 questions about their lives, and wrote a song based solely on those answers.

The result is “Cookie Cutter”, a record that, like life itself, runs the gamut from extremely serious to extremely ridiculous. Themes range from reunited lovers, runaway pets and ballerinas, to brain cancer survivors, Jesus Christ, and, (everyone’s favorite), death. The production of the record is equally dynamic, with everything from boisterous horns that explode across the soundscape to tender moments with bare piano and violin; each sound chosen to match its song’s unique personality.

His new project "FORNIQUETTE" he refers to as a 12-piece brothel band. The songs deal with murder and destitution and sex and more murder. Check out for more info.