Jim Nagle grew up in the 60s and 70s listening to the iconic music of The Beatles and the Beach Boys and the myriad of bands that aspired to replicate the success of those bands such as the Byrds, Hollies, Lovin' Spoonful and Rascals. Jim began learning the guitar at around age 10. Too young (barely) to have attended Woodstock or seen Jimi Hendrix or Duane Allman, Jim gravitated towards many southern rockers of the 70s such as the Allman Bros and Marshall Tucker.
The slide guitar of Duane Allman was irresistible to Jim which led him to other slide players such as Lowell George of Little Feat. When he was not quite 18, he received a xmas gift of an album by master dobro player Mike Auldridge, Blues and Bluegrass. The fact that Lowell George played on one track of that album made it safe for Jim to be open to bluegrass. Ten years later when another of Jim's major influences, Dan Fogelberg, put out a bluegrass album, the deal was sealed.
This was the album that introduced Jerry Douglas to his ears. But it would be another 15 years before Jim finally decided that he would have to try to play that funny looking guitar with a hubcap on the top. Luckily, he received great advice on learning to play early on and was able to get a couple lessons from dobro legend Mike Auldridge. Jim has been playing dobro since around 2000 an added Weissenborn style guitar around 2007. He played with a DC area bluegrass band, the Difficult Run String Band until about 2015 but now loves playing slide outside of the bluegrass genre with the Stewart Sisters.