Grammy-nominated musician Jim Photoglo talks about his newest studio album “Halls of My Heart,” songwriting and having his songs cut by some of the biggest names in country.
“When I began the recording process, I had only four songs completely written: ‘Try Me Tomorrow,’ ‘Shadow And Light,’ ‘Brown-Eyed Boy,’ and ‘Something Of Me,'” Photoglo said. “Since I was working alone in my studio, as engineer, musician and vocalist, this was a very long process. As I worked on the four existing songs, ideas for new songs began to arise. The ideas were personal, and I didn’t feel that bringing in a co-writer, as I typically do, was appropriate.”
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It’s a song that’s as much about seduction as it is about night fishing. Filled with evocative imagery conjuring moonlight, lightning bugs and counting the stars, “Fishin’ in the Dark” has quietly become one of the most influential songs of the last quarter-plus century, having been referenced countless times in the lyrics of other country songs and covered by multiple artists.
Written by Jim Photoglo and Wendy Waldman, “Fishin’ in the Dark” became the third No. 1 for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1987 and hasn’t left the airwaves since. The original version got 94 spins at 47 reporting stations during the last tracking week (July 28 to Aug. 3). That translates to 635,000 audience impressions, which would put it at No. 57 on the Aug. 16 Country Airplay chart if it were a current. But it has also found a second life with other performers.
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HALLS OF MY HEART is the album Jim has been working towards his whole career. Historically a celebrated co-writer, Jim takes the reins penning the majority of the songs alone, delving deep into personal subjects delivered with universal truths. You’ll find Jim playing most of the instruments and singing all of the background vocals, melding his experiences playing guitar, bass and singing for such well regarded artists as Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, Nicolette Larson, Wendy Waldman, as well as his own bands, Run C&W and The Vinyl Kings, with an artistry that twice landed him high on the Pop Charts in the early ’80s.