Transnormal Skiperoo is a name I invented to describe a strange new feeling I've been experiencing after years of feeling lost and alone and cursed. Now, when everything around me begins to shine, when I find myself dancing around in my back yard for no particular reason other than it feels good to be alive, when I get this deep sense of gratitude that I don't need drugs or God or doomed romance to fuel myself through the gauntlet of a normal day, I call that feeling 'Transnormal Skiperoo. Jim White
Jim White traveled many a junkyard road to get to Transnormal Skiperoo. Raised in Pensacola, Florida, a town crushed between the church and heroin, Jim s songs reach deep into the underbelly of the South. One time Pentacostal, fashion model, New York taxi driver, drifter, pro-surfer, photographer, film-maker, his music is the conduit for all the stories he collected along the way. His previous albums Wrong-Eyed Jesus , No Such Place  and Drill a Hole in That Substrate...  were acclaimed as masterpieces of outer space alt.country and established Jim as a phenomenal maverick talent. Jim also starred in the BBC4 film Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus , an award-winning road-movie exploring Southern culture through its music and stories. Now living in an old farmhouse in the backwoods of Georgia, Jim White may have finally reached a place called home, but his other search, for what he calls the gold tooth in God s crooked smile continues in this new set of backyard tales. Transnormal Skiperoo was produced by Joe Pernice and Michael Deming, recorded with the band Ollabelle, and also features tracks with Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs, local Georgia legend Don Chambers & Goat, bluegrass duo Jeff & Vida and percussionist Mauro Refosco of Forro In The Dark.
Jim White is a highly original voice in the immense Southern gothic tradition. When broken humanity aches for grace, music like his may give you a shot at redemption.
Strange things appear in Jim White s songs. There are revelations
and tall tales, absurdities and tragedies, Southern roots and
existential disorientation. A man sits on a railroad track howling at
the moon. Jesus returns driving a motor home, alongside Buddha on
a motorcycle and Muhammad in a train. The singer finds himself
handcuffed to a fence in Mississippi, where things is always better
than they seem.
Mr. White grew up in Pensacola, Fla., soaking up the Pentecostal preaching that many of
his songs still react against. He recently made a documentary for the BBC, Searching for
the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, about the rural South, and he now lives in Georgia. The music
on his new album, Transnormal Skiperoo (Luaka Bop), leans mostly toward folksy
While his tunes are down-home, his words are restless and uncertain. Mr. White is entirely his own combination of philosopher and raconteur,
country boy and intellectual. --Jon Pareles, The New York Times, 2/28/08
Pensacola -- a panhandle Gulf town best known for hosting hurricanes, evangelicals, and post-hardcore bands -- is a tough home base for a surreally gothic alt-country crooner with a Gram Parsons bent. But Jim White's Joe Pernice produced fourth record (whose title White claims is shorthand for a sensation of total giddiness and gratitude) deftly melds Southern-flavored soul with California twang. Stompers like "Turquoise House" and "Crash Into the Sun" are unusually buoyant for White, full of backing vocals, Dobro, and electric guitar. Much like his hometown, Transnormal Skiperoo is sunny and dark at the same time. --Amanda Petrusich, Spin Magazine, March 2008