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Walkin' Jim Stoltz (1953-2010) was an American Earth First! singer/songwriter.


"I first met Walkin' Jim Stoltz at an Earth First! Rendezvous. A very tall, lean, lanky man with incredible musical talent, I had never heard of him before. Then, Earth First! was a magnet with a vision that drew incredible musical and other talents to it. Walkin' Jim was exceptional in many ways. An accomplished guitarist and songwriter with a twinkle in his eye, he had a singing voice that was like no other's—deep, raspy, colorful, it was quite unlike his speaking voice. It reminded me of the canyons he sang about; there was a quality of wildness in it, a quality of the wilderness itself.... An evangelist has to evangelize, and to do that you have to entertain. Even more than a John Muir, Jim was a latter-day kokopelli traveling America's heartland, though with a guitar instead of a flute. I make this comparison because kokopelli always has a backpack, though it's hard to tell from the drawings if he was as tall. Jim was able to entertain because he was a superb storyteller. Humorous, he had the sort of voice that could keep you rapt in attention, just as you would be if you were hearing it at a campfire. Jim had the ability to turn a large concert hall into an intimate space, much like a campfire. The slides and the songs would transport you, and he'd always throw in an appeal to write a letter in support of some place or critter somewhere that needed help. That's the evangelist side of the entertainer."

—Dennis Fritzinger


There Is Power in the Earth


 

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