Upright and Electric Bass , Lead and Tenor Singer
Born in Massachusetts, raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Jim's earliest musical influences were his father, James DiSabito, and the many musicians who attended the weekly jam sessions at his parents' home. From a young age, Jim frequented shows by Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys and Don Stover. Early in high school, Jim met Stan and Dan Tyminski, who invited him to play bass in their band, Green Mountain Bluegrass. Over the ensuing years, Jim played in many bluegrass and country bands in New England, including the critically acclaimed Bluegrass Gospel Project, which he co-founded and toured the Northeast for the first eight years of their 16-year run. Jim was featured on the first four of BGP's seven live recordings, singing lead and harmony parts and taking occasional turns on guitar and banjo. Jim is also a life-long member of the Manic Mountain Boys, whose reputation is nothing short of legendary in Northeast bluegrass circles.
Before moving to Florida with his wife of 30 years and their four fabulous children (now grown), Jim shared the stage with the likes of the Gibson Brothers, Moondi Klein and Jimmy Gaudreau, and "clawgrass" banjo great, Mark Johnson, as well as having performed at many of the biggest and best music festivals in the Northeast and nearby Canada.
Jim joined Southern Express in 2015, and is grateful for the comradery of his talented bandmates, both on- and off-stage. Owing to his consummate musicianship and get-along-with disposition, Jim has become an integral member of Southern Express Bluegrass.