This episode of TNAV features Jim O'Ferrell, leader of the The J.O.B., the Jim O'Ferrell Band.
From Richmond, Virginia, 1SG Jim O’Ferrell retired from the US Army in 2008 after returning from his second deployment to the War in Iraq. A career soldier and lifetime singer-songwriter, he co-founded The J.O.B. (The Jim O’Ferrell Band) with lead guitarist Jason Crawford to record the powerful songs he had written while deployed. The group has since evolved into a diverse alternative rock band with 5 albums, 3 national Top 40 charting songs, and scores of live performances from saloons to festivals all over the eastern United States. Rounding out their 4 piece band is Jared Merrill on bass guitar and Eric Bandy on the drums. Along with many songs about life, love, sorrow, and hope, Jim composes soldier-perspective songs in an effort to connect with other vets and to bridge the gap between veterans and those listeners with no connection or understanding of military life.
Jim served in many capacities in the US Army and the Army National Guard. Among those assignments, Jim served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion and was a RI at Camp Darby in US Army Ranger School. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal (x2), and the Legion of Merit.
When not on tour or in the recording studio, Jim works as a volunteer with the USO at Richmond International Airport. He has three sons (one college student, one chef, one 82nd Airborne paratrooper) and two grandchildren.