Jim Rownd is a local guitarist, artist, and an illustrator at the Mayo Clinic.
Top artists at the moment?
Rival Sons. Wilco. Jeff Beck.
Favorite local band?
Favorite song this week?
‘In Spite of Ourselves’ by John Prine.
What is your workaday life like as an illustrator?
I was hired to do editorial art, which means everything except medical illustrations. For example, there was a recent story on Alzheimer’s and the editors wanted an illustration of a weed wrapping itself around a garden. I develop the visual that goes along with whatever metaphor the story is trying to share.
What is performing and playing out in public like for you?
I’ve made a few attempts, and I’ve played out with Jason McKenzie, but I have stage fright. I have anxiety playing in front of a group of people. I almost don’t want to show up. The last time I tried to be in a band, we were supposed to gig on New Year’s Eve and on Halloween, but I didn’t want to play those nights. I thought to myself, maybe I shouldn’t do this.
Give another musician a compliment.
I really like Charlie Lacy’s playing. And John Sievers: Wherever you go, there he is! John is a musical force in town, and I like what he is doing for the music community.
Favorite place to play?
I like the open mics at Café Steam and at Forager, but every other week there is a jam at the Douglas Saloon. The reason I go there is because nobody knows about it. Sometimes it’s fun, but other times it’s a train wreck.
Most memorable gig experience?
Any time the audience doesn’t leave and decides to stay – that, to me, is fantastic. Sometimes it looks like we are chasing them out. If they stay and clap, that’s a great experience.
What is your musical philosophy?
We are not together on a lot of things in our society, but I can tell you one thing we have in common, one thing we share: the love for music.
Best show you’ve ever seen?
In the 1990s for the Minneapolis City Pages Fan Appreciation Party at the Cabooze, I saw the band Flipp. They are a glam rock band, and it was a show where I became an immediate fan.