711 E Wells Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
"...Jim is a true artist and the real deal...I've seen him perform in small intimate settings and in front of a thousand people at the Sioux River Folk Festival, and he's never failed to connect with each and every person there." Gaynor Johnson, Friends of Old Time Music
Jim Groth has been playing guitar since the early 1960s, starting with surf bands before the British
invasion. He sang and played with rhythm and blues band The Pilgrims and rock band The Starfires,
both inducted in the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among others were Wonderband, DJ
and the Runaways, and Bobby Vee. Along with R&B and rock, Groth played bluegrass and folk, going
on to write gospel and folk music. Through the years Groth has continued to sing and play electric
and acoustic guitar in the studio and on stage. Presently he performs solo and in two groups, blues band The Stallions and Celtic band Trefoil. He plays regularly on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's radio show The Rock Garden Tour.
A born storyteller, Groth relates life experiences in original songs. Versatility in style and expression make him hard to categorize, blending originals with obscure yet recognizable interpretations. He performs comfortably in concert, festival, coffeehouse or community event settings. His love of
performing is matched by his willingness to encourage others, and workshops can be arranged to suit the needs of the sponsor.
Technical requirements: One mic, one direct box for guitar, monitor, armless chair
Fee structure: Performance $400 to $1,000, Workshop $100 to $300. SDAC support up to 50%.
Contact: Jim Groth
48462 267th St., Valley Springs, SD 57068