Jim Govern’s Biography and Discography

Born in Indiana and grew up in West Virginia

Musical journey started at age 13 playing folks songs on the guitar.

In later teen age years began playing fiddle tunes on the guitar and learning finger style guitar. Became big Doc Watson and John Hurt fan.

Took up the mandolin at age 20 when he started playing in a little BG band with his younger brother Paul. Still enjoys singing the old time brother duets with his brother at family gatherings.

Big musical influences include the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tim O’Brien, and the Hutchison Brothers.

Played in the mid to late 1970’s with Stoney Lonesome in the Wheeling, WV area.

Played with Mark and Sally Wingate and Gary Daniel along with brother Paul in the Winston Salem area of NC in the early 1990’s.

Moved to AZ in 2000 and began playing with Thomas Porter and Copper River in 2005.

Taste in BG leans more toward the traditional sound.







2005 – Copper River Band

2011 – “Trolley Days” –  Thomas Porter and Copper River