At age 15, Jim began playing with the Patoka Valley Boys. Soon thereafter, he and Lynna met and married, she also started playing and singing in the same band. They were the subject of a documentary film that was made in 1979.
1989, they won the Kentucky Fried Chicken bluegrass talent contest in Louisville, Kentucky.
2002 and 2003, their band Fields of Home won first place in the Indiana Picking and Fiddling Contest.