Cisco Jim began his public career as a cowboy singer in 1991 at a little coffee house in Gilroy, CA. He then became a regular performer at the San Andreas Brewing Co, Hollister, CA until its closing in 2005. He continues to play local venues in the Monterey Bay Area, CA.
Cisco, AKA Jim Aceves, grew up in San Bernardino, CA. He comes from a musical family. His brother, Tony Aceves, a lifelong professional musician, plays lead guitar & fiddle on the CD "Rollin' Along". His sister, Teresa McGonagall, & his niece, Nicki Aceves, are also on the CD. Instruments tune-up & harmonies resound whenever the family gets together. Christmas is a particular favorite (another CD perhaps?). Jim, not a newcomer to the stage, began public performances when he was a youngster, playing & singing at talent shows, musical theater, & church. He has been a Music Minister since his teen years; he & his wife, Donna, serve as a duo ensemble at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista, CA (Donna plays flute on "Rollin' Along").
Cisco Jim is a popular attraction at the California State Historic Park in San Juan Bautista, CA. He is a collector of early California history; he researches the authenticity/origins of cowboy songs. He can tell you about the lifestyle of the vaqueros, cowboys, & buckaroos; he knows about early saddles, tack, & other gear. You can hear him sing trail songs of the late 19th century, as well as music of the Californios (Rancheros of Spanish Alta California). Come to the park on the first Saturday of each month to see Cisco Jim and the rest of the Living History program (you might even see Silverado!).
Cisco is a member of the Western Music Association. He was invited to play at the Annual WMA National Awards Conference & Music Festival held in Albuquerque, NM, November, 2006. He received great reviews and will return to the WMA Festival in Nov, 2007. Audiences liked his mix of old time cowboy songs, B-Western singing cowboy music, and his own originals. His wit, wisdom, history, & humor seem to charm audiences of all ages.
Cisco has volunteered many years for the Children's Stage Program of the Northern California Bluegrass Society's Good 'ol Fashion Bluegrass Festival. He also volunteers for many Boy Scout Mountain Man Rendezvous & will assist at Horse Camp near Lassen, CA, Summer, 2007.
Cisco & Silverado participate in many community events, parades, etc. They have taken first place ribbons for many of their performances. In addition to performing on stage, Cisco often plays guitar & sings while riding Silverado at the park & in parades. Cisco is available to entertain at brandings, BBQs, and other Western Events.
Cisco & Silverado in Old San Juan