Jim has been known as Texas Shorty for most of his life. In this excerpt from the podcast, Jim remembers how he acquired the name at the age of nine when he and brother had their own music show on the radio. [1:05]
Texas Shorty: My brother Allen was older and taller than I, and I was a little short, round kid, so my Dad came up with an idea we would call ourselves "Texas Al and Shorty". So we lived in this little community on the edge of Dallas and so we played in the community music programs and then finally we went over to a little town called Terrell, Texas, where they had a radio station. Back then you could actually purchase radio time, so we bought fifteen minutes, and it was the Texas Al and Shorty show. So that’s how we did it and we did that for a few years. When I had that radio show I wouldn’t have been able to say a word, I was so terrified. And in fact they would joke me, would joke with me, the staff that it would be "Texas Al and his silent partner, Shorty." Then Allen decided to go out and seek his fortune and it just left me. So without Texas Al it was just Texas Shorty.