“I used to laugh about the fact that back in the ’70s, all the clubs that had music, I either played at them or started the music,” recalls Philly folk expat Jim Six. “I was like horseshit: everywhere.” He remembers when the Khyber was just one long room. “It had a Radio Shack mixer mounted up on the wall. You brought your own mics, climbed on a box to plug them in.” Gradually Six added players, expanding from trio to a full show band, the kind where the sidemen open and the backup singer does a few before the star comes out to play. Somewhere along the way it stopped being fun: “I was drinking and we were fighting.” So Six quit, sold everything from his amps down to his Martin D-35 and was out of the business for 22 years. Today he’s is the web editor and a bi-weekly columnist for the South Jersey Times. In recent years, he has eased back into performing for the pleasure of the stories he tells in his original songs and those intimate moments in between — “just me and the audience.”
Sun., Jan. 6, 2 p.m., free, Mugshots Coffeehouse, 1925 Fairmount Ave, 267-514-7145, mugshotscoffeehouse.com.