Singer and songwriter Jim Young was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. He attended high school at St. Francis Indian Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and earned an Associate of Arts degree at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, SD.
He was introduced to alcohol and drugs at an early age, which led to a prison term. Jim had time in prison to reflect on his life and to cultivate his lifelong interest in music. He began composing music, including country, country gospel, and Lakota songs. Since his release in1990, Jim has made his home in Hot Springs, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He has not returned to the reservation, but gears his music toward his cultural background. Jim is also a veteran, and uses his music to honor those who have served in the military.
Jim performs under his given name, Medicine Boy, which was handed down to him by his father in a ceremony when he was a teenager. He performs frequently, at schools and VA Medical Centers as well as at special events and local clubs. He is a regular speaker/entertainer at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Treatment Programs for the Black Hills Veterans Administration, and visits the Custer Youth Forestry Camp, a correctional facility for young boys.
Jim's songs have had a profound impact on the men and women who grew up on Indian reservations and have had similar life experiences to his. His music touches people of all ages, including elders, youth, and veterans. When Jim came to the Berkshires to perform and to record "The Legend of Crazy Horse", he won many friends and fans here through his music and stories. Part of Jim's great talent is that by relating his experiences as a Native American, he is able to move listeners from many cultures to a real sense of
the shared trials and joys of people everywhere.
About "The Legend of Crazy Horse"
Recorded in the snowy Berkshires (in January!), "The Legend of Crazy Horse" brings to life the stories and spirit of the Lakota people. It starts with the great hero Crazy Horse, and moves on through the Lakota veterans of the Vietnam War to personal stories of singer-songwriter Jim Young.
As Reviewed in
Ikce Wicasta: The Common People Journal,
a quarterly journal of the Dakota Native American people :
"This very talented singer and songwriter is from the Lakota nation. A virtual unknown in the mainstream music world (their loss) this musician is well on his way to being heard. His music is creatively composed and Jim sings out his tunes with a welcomed sincerity. His sound is in the way of soft country (that's Indian Country) with just the right touch of folk. Soothing, relaxing, and like a breath of fresh air, Jim's music should be heard not only in Indian Country but the rest of the nation as well. This artist deserves top rating. I highly recommend his music to those who appreciate well composed songs from the heart."
Received a 4 arrowhead rating (excellent)
Reviewed by Robert "Bob" Peaslee in
Ikce Wicasta Magazine, Volume 3, Spring 2000, #9
Check out the artist's website:
2. The Legend of Crazy Horse
3. Friend, Help Me Remember
4. They Cut Their Names In Stone
5. It Tears Me Up
6. Come Sit By My Side, Little Darling
7. The Big O
8. Indian Love Song
9. Love In A Bottle
10. Reservation Boy
11. Long After You're Gone