Jimmy is one of the hardest working musicians around playing with The Lonely Goats, Derty Rice, Brewz Brothers, The Johnny Rockers, Campfire Kings, Percival, Duo Sol, Baladi Gypsy and the Grandview Methodist Church just to name a few.

Galena Guide: Jimmy, thank-you for participating as a featured local musician. Each month we will be interviewing a Galena area musician to feature in this section. To help our audience get to know you better, can you please share with us a little bit about yourself?

Jimmy: “Well, I’ve been drumming since I was 12, my dad was a drummer and started me off. I’ve been doing it for a living since 1994. I also teach, and love to share everything I know about drums with others. My family, and my dogs mean everything to me.”

Galena Guide: What are two things that you think people would be surprised to know about you?

Jimmy: “ Hmm.. A few surprising things about me, might be that I like to take pictures of mushrooms, and that I can draw.”

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(photos by Jimmy Berg)

Galena Guide: Who were some of your early musical inspirations?

Jimmy: “My dad, Jack Berg, and my drum teacher Phil Stanger.”

Galena Guide: Jimmy, What are three of your favorite things about living in Galena, and why?


Jimmy: “ (1)  I love living in Galena because the local area is so beautiful and offers plenty of great hiking. (2)  The tourist activity keeps things exciting and more multi-cultural. (3)  The night-life here supports live music via our numerous local bars and festivals.”

Galena Guide: If you could play or collaborate with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?

Jimmy: “ I would love to play and collaborate with Jack White.”

Galena Guide: Thank-you Jimmy, for sharing a little bit about yourself. We wish you continues success. To catch Jimmy, and his band mates in action, look over our events calendar and go check out a show!