About Stutterin Jimmy
Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps is one of the most unusual bands you will find anywhere. Led by visionary vocalist/songwriter Jimmy Enos, the band is an alchemical blend of spirituality, bold, inventive guitar stylings, R & B based bass lines, and flexible, jazz-inflected drumming, all coming together in a gumbo of unpredictable songs, built over a number of years.
Stutterin’ Jimmy Enos came onto the Des Moines scene by performing at jam sessions at the legendary club, Blues on Grand. Jimmy has spent his life dogged by a debilitating stutter. As a result of this persistent handicap, he was often misjudged. He spent many years in a struggle to be understood and recognized for the intelligent individual he is. That handicap, exacerbated by a crippling addiction to alcohol and drugs, would have defeated most people. Jimmy, instead, emerged from a self-prescribed rehab on a chicken farm, to become the spiritually motivated master of his own destiny. The undercurrent of Jimmy’s songwriting is his awareness and acceptance of his past, present and future. These songs are open to interpretation; like life, they are simple, yet deceptively complex. They create a flexible structure on which the Goosebumps can build the layers of improvisation for which they have come to be known.
Scott Cochran, the oldest of the group, is primarily known as a blues bassist and songwriter. Scott is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame as well as the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame. He has a passion for creating new music and has written and co-written several of Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps’ songs for their new release, Clock Tower and Broken Heart.
Scott has opened shows for Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Savoy Brown, James Cotton, The Tony Williams Lifetime, Harvey Mandel, Asleep at the Wheel, and many others. He has performed numerous times at the legendary club, Blues on Grand, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and The Simple Man Blues Fest.
Guitarist / Producer / Songwriter Matt Cullen became a Goosebump several years ago. He began playing clubs in his native Massachusetts, in the early ‘80s, after working as a roadie in his teens. As a member of the bands Square One, The Sighs and Ware River Club, he was signed to labels, big and small. The Sighs landed a major label record deal with Charisma/Virgin and while touring to promote their debut record, they shared the stage with many acts of the early ‘90s, including Gin Blossoms, dada, and Spin Doctors. Matt worked as a “for hire” player for many years, playing with, among others, Kevin Salem, Another Girl, and Lloyd Cole. With Cole, he toured Europe extensively, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
His work in the studio, as either a producer, guitarist or guitar tech, has allowed him to work with some of his heroes, including members of NRBQ, Paul Westerberg, T-Bone Wolk, Felix Pappalardi and Mick Ronson, among others. In 2007, he released a solo record called The Humming Field. Since moving to Iowa in 2010, he has played with Dave Zollo and Brother Trucker. He joined Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps in the fall of 2016. Matt is the producer of the new Goosebumps record.
Brian Parizek is the last addition to Stutterin’ Jimmy and the Goosebumps joining the band in 2018. He has brought an array of styles and influences that perfectly complement the rhythmic and sonic textures of the Goosebumps.
An Iowa native, Brian moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 16. He joined his first band, Dorian Lane, and played shows at the legendary clubs the Troubadour, and Jezebel’s. He then moved back to Iowa, winning the Louis Armstrong jazz award in high school. He went on to drum his way through college with the band Legend, opening for Dwight Yoakam in 1989.
After college Brian played in Des Moines area bands, before moving to Minneapolis in 1994. There he performed in the bands Push On Junior, and Total Fat, touring the United States and Canada, opening for such bands as Cheap Trick and Soul Asylum. Brian is literally the final component that completes the architecture of one Iowa’s most original bands, Stutterin’ Jimmy
and the Goosebumps.
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