Jim Bogios

Jim Bogios

Counting Crows

Jim Bogios was born in the Bay Area where he still resides today. After many long hours banging on Mama Bogios pots and pans, Jim finally began playing music in elementary school and studying privately with Greg Sudmeier.

He joined his first of many bands at the age of 12 and while in high school began to participate in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra on the advice of his father, San Francisco Symphony trumpet player Chris Bogios. At about the same time Jim expanded his private studies to include Jack Van Geem, principal percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony as well.

After a few years out of state attending college Jim returned to the Bay Area in 1992 to join Papas Culture. This extremely diverse and highly entertaining band turned out to be a huge influence both musically and personally in young Mr. Bogios life.

In 1996 Jim landed the gig playing drums and singing for Sheryl Crow. This too would end up being a long lasting and life altering experience as he spent eight years with her doing countless tours, TV shows, and Grammy winning recordings. Playing with Sheryl opened many doors and during his time with her Jim had the opportunity to perform and record with many artists, such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Prince. However, in January 2003, Counting Crows came calling and made Jim an offer he couldnt refuse¦to be a band member.

Not playing makes Jimmy a dull boy, so during his down time he has always toured with other artists. In 2000 Jim played drums for the highly successful Dixie Chicks Fly Tour. In 2001 he joined Ben Folds for the Rockin the Suburbs tour, while 2006 found Jim touring with Amy Grant.

Besides recordings with Counting Crows and Sheryl Crow, Jim is featured on many releases from diverse artists such as, Ben Folds, Chuck Prophet, Noemi, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Amy Grant, Mark Eitzel, Tender Mercies, and Aidan Hawken to name just a few. Jim is looking forward to continued success with Counting Crows (jinx) and when at home, continuing to keep himself busy with recording and playing with various side projects.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Tense up and swing, it never happens. More than just one specific performance, it is about learning how to consistently play well and handle pressure situations; being relaxed and present in the moment will give you the best chance to succeed. If you prepare, and always give everything you have for every performance, there is no need to worry.……each gig will simply be whatever it is going to be. Bruce Lee might have said it best….“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; You ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    My creativity comes from great songs and playing with other musicians. As a drummer I am a bit like an actor; I feed off a good script, or in my case a good song.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    I have used Vic Firth from the very first time I started playing drums, way before I had the opportunity to endorse a product. The quality, the variety...but what got me the most and still does, is the feel.


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