Seattle-based folk singer/songwriter Jim Page has released his 24th album, The Time Is Now. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

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Jim, who recorded first album in San Francisco in 1975, has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez and has had many of his songs covered and recorded by Christy Moore, including the recent Clock Winds Down.

Tell us three things about yourself?

I love to ride a bicycle, I love rain, the guitar saved my life.

How would you describe your music?

It's folk-based, heard through the lens of a 60s rock and roll band. That wouldn’t make much sense without knowing the scene I grew up into. You’ll have to trust me on that one.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Originally the acoustic country blues - Lightnin’ Hopkins, Willie McTell. Then the songwriters - Dylan, Guthrie, Buffy Sainte Marie. Then the rap and hip-hop of the 90s. Then jazz and country. To be honest I get inspired almost all the time.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

The first gig I ever went to was a duo called Mark Diatlo and John Tomasse in a little coffee house called The Brass Knocker in California, 1966. Blew my mind completely. I was never the same. I later became friends with Tomasse, he played harmonica and sang. Diatlo played acoustic guitar like it was a power trio - big rhythms, strange tunings. He gave up music, joined the Hare Krsihna and disappeared.

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First record I ever bought was just called Lightnin’ Hopkins. It was half of the original Aladdin recordings produced in the late 40s and it was superb. That also changed my life.

What’s your favourite song right now?

I don’t even know what it’s called. Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief singing acoustic under a huge tree limb at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. It’s a smart phone video. It’s night-time in the summer so there’s a hundred crickets in unison magically keeping perfect rhythm to the song. She’s extraordinary, check her out.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"She walks just like she’s got oil wells in her back yard" - Lightnin’ Hopkins. If you mean complete song lyric it would have to be The Midnight Special.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bolero by Maurice Ravel.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website.