Jim was born March 27, 1934 in Minden, the son of Inez Rowland Landrem and the late Alton R. Landrem. The Landrem family moved to Shreveport in 1947 where Jim attended Byrd High School. While in High School Jim began taking guitar lessons from the late Tillman Franks at J & S music store. Not only learning to play guitar, Jim got valuable lessons about the music business from Franks who was very active with the Louisiana Hayride. While at Byrd High School, Jim formed friendships with fellow country musicians such as the late Merle Kilgore, Ronnie Crain, Jimmy Rodgers, Rawhide Turner and W.T. Eason.
After graduating from Byrd, Jim and his family moved back to Minden where he began playing Saturday nights on the Dixie Hoedown at the Community House. This smaller version of the Louisiana Hayride was the creation of the late Paul Howard, formerly of the Grand Ole Opry. One of the fan favorites was Rock Road Blues with Johnny Shockley on the mandolin. Jim also had a radio show on the local station.
After enrolling at La. Tech, Jim and Ronnie Crain formed Jim and Ronnie and the Hogback Mountain Boys a country music group that had a radio show on KRUS, played at various Clubs in and around Monroe, made guest appearances on Kilgores TV show in Monroe, played with several groups from the Louisiana Hayride and played frequently on the Ouachita Jamboree in West Monroe.
After graduating from La. Tech the Hogback Mountain Boys dissolved and was no longer chasing that neon rainbow and living that honkytonk dream.
Jim is living in the New Orleans area with wife Lois, two children and four grandsons