Jimmy Arnold

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


11 June 1952, Fried, Virginia, USA, d. 26 December 1992. Arnold, a self-taught musician who played banjo, fiddle, guitar, dobro and harmonica and wrote songs, started his career by forming Twin County Partners, a bluegrass trio, at the age of 12. Amazingly they toured, played radio and television and recorded before disbanding in 1965. In the late 60s, while still at high school, he played fairs and festivals and developed a drink problem. In 1970, he spent some time in Nashville before playing with the Virginia Cut-ups, a band led by Wes Golden, a childhood friend who had played in Arnold’s Partners. After recording an album, he and Golden parted company. Over the next few years, he appeared with various bands including those of Charlie Moore and Keith Whitley, but the drink problem worsened and he became unreliable.

Arnold’s best-known recordings are featured on 1983’sSouthern Soul, a concept album on which he presented the...

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