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Jim Nunally, a San Francisco Bay Area native, has enjoyed a varied musical journey, not only as a musician, but as a composer, record producer and teacher. He had been preceded in that journey by his guitar-playing grandfather, an Arkansas native, who taught his son, who, in turn, passed along the art of playing the guitar to Jim. In its passage through three generations, the musical roots of the past have been retained and played a part in Nunally getting to work with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Keith Little. Additionally, he has played as a duo with Dix Bruce; as part of John Reischman and the Jaybirds; and in Bangers and Grass.

Nunally played on the Grammy award-winning True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe, Tone Poets and the David Grisman – Sam Bush collaboration, Hold On We're Strummin'. Also, he has played on the soundtracks for The Beverly Hillbillies Movie, Snoopy's Reunion, and Andrew Jackson: Atrocious Saint, among others.

Nunally's musical sphere expanded when he met and co-produced an album by Nell Robinson, whose music has Americana and folk elements. Subsequently, the twosome worked together to record a CD House & Garden described as "old-school sounding" as if the songs were "alternate cuts from a Carter Family session from the 1930s" with harmonizing "in the vein of the Everly Brothers." Since then their lives have seen love blossom, and their careers have led to an expansion from a duo to a quintet with Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion.