Longtime Nashville - based Engineer Jim Williamson (not to be confused with trumpeter Jim Williamson!) passed away on January 20, 2011 after a long and valiant struggle with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at the age of 75. Jim was a respected engineer who had worked with many artists over the years including Hank Williams Sr., Gene Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard and many Decca artists produced by Owen Bradley, including Loretta Lynn.
He was manager and chief engineer at Sound Emporium Studios in the mid 70's to the mid- 80's. Garth Fundis, record producer and current owner of Sound Emporium, reflected on his passing with these thoughts…"Jim was a wonderful engineer and a sweet guy. He always took the time to talk to anyone who needed a little counseling or advice. He would do that for anyone." He was a member of Local 257 for some years back in the day, and recently participated in an AES forum at the studio detailing the history of Sound Emporium and its original owner, Jack Clement. Jim was cremated and there are no plans for a service at this time. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Jim.