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St. Charles, IL
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Portrait of The Wandering Endorphin
Chicago native, Jim Green, a.k.a. THE WANDERING ENDORPHIN is a 39 year old singer/songwriter who decided that the well-worn paths that other musicians adhere to were not the proper routes for his own creativity. His weapon of choice is the acoustic guitar, although at times he is no casual strummer. He attacks his instrument with both hands, drawing forth percussive rhythms, harmonics, and double pull-offs with a piano-like approach that often sounds like one more guitar than is actually playing. This is all done in real time with no sampling or looping devices to be found. The result is not only musical but visually stimulating.

When the Moon Was Full of Mystery is Green's latest release after being named "One of the best independent artists in the Midwest" by the Editors of Billboard Magazine. He has chosen material he has composed over the last five years to makeup this new collection. "I put a lot of thought into what this CD should sound like and for every song to make the final cut it had to have a feel of mystery or wonder to it," said Green. The nearly all instrumental CD is largely a solo acoustic guitar effort tastefully decorated with other light instrumentation such as piano and harmonica. There are also a few tracks that feature a new instrument for Green, the Native American Flute. His sound has been described as falling somewhere between the song writing of Neil Young and the acoustic guitar work of the late great Michael Hedges.

Green’s driving perfectionism to his music has gained him airplay on radio stations across the country, including National Public Radio (NPR) and Chicago's very own 93XRT. Songs can also be heard on several internet radio stations such as This particular station's listeners voted Green's song “Firefly” as one of the Best 100 songs of the year.

Although this former Chicago street musician has won the title of "Guitar Idol 2004" and has gained much interest for his unusual percussive playing style, he considers himself a songwriter first, a guitarist second. Because of this he is often heard quoting Hedges who said, "I'm not trying to play the guitar. I'm trying to play music. That's the difference right there."