Jim Fairchild

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Jim Fairchild
Jim Fairchild in concert
Jim Fairchild in concert
Background information
Birth nameKirby James Fairchild
Born (1973-10-08) October 8, 1973 (age 47)
Fresno, California
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsV2, Dangerbird Records
Associated actsGrandaddy, Modest Mouse

Kirby James Fairchild (born October 8, 1973)[1][dubious ] is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the indie rock bands Grandaddy and Modest Mouse. Fairchild has released solo material under the name All Smiles.


Born in Fresno, California, Fairchild moved to Modesto at the age of two, and began to play guitar at the age of 14. He has lived in Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and New York City. Since 2014 he has lived in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Fairchild joined Grandaddy as guitarist in 1995, and remained with the band until they broke up in 2006.[2] He is featured on the Giant Sand release, Cover Magazine. In 2001, he was the touring guitarist with Giant Sand, who were the opening act for PJ Harvey.

In 2005, Fairchild began touring as a guitarist in Modest Mouse before Johnny Marr joined the band. He released his first solo album, Ten Readings of a Warning, which he arranged to be carbon neutral,[3] in 2007, as well as a single, "Moth in a Cloud of Smoke". Musicians on the album include Solon Bixler, Joe Plummer, Danny Seim, and Janet Weiss. The album art was created by Natasha Wheat. Fairchild rejoined Modest Mouse in February 2009, and has continued to tour with them both nationally and internationally. Fairchild released his second album, Oh for the Getting and Not Letting Go, on June 30, 2009. Band members on the album were Solon Bixler, Mike Cresswell, Nik Freitas, and Joe Plummer. After recording in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Modesto, and Portland, All Smiles released the EP Fall Never Fell on November 17, 2009. The EP was recorded with musicians Solon Bixler, Mike Cresswell, Nik Freitas, Chico Jones, Dave Osborne, Joe Plummer, Danny Seim, Rachel Stolte and Alance Ward.

He resumed his position in Modest Mouse in 2009. He participated in the writing and recording of their 2015 album, Strangers to Ourselves.

In 2010, Fairchild was selected to lead a project at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[4] and was credited on Admiral Radley's first album, I Heart California.

On March 1, 2011, Fairchild released All Smiles third full-length album, Staylow and Mighty, on his own Small Aisles label. This album included contributions from Joe Plummer, Danny Seim, and Gary Jarman.

Between Modest Mouse tours, Koley O'Brien and Fairchild began periodically writing and recording for a new project in 2017. Following O'Brien's tragic passing in a car accident in April 2019, Jim released the four songs they had completed on his Between A and B imprint.

In March 2020, Fairchild launched a new project, Grace Meridian, in collaboration with Temme Scott, Joe Plummer, and Mike Cresswell, also on Between A and B.

Fairchild became Director of A&R for Dangerbird Records in March 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Fairchild's wife is artist Natasha Wheat.[5]


Albums released as All Smiles:

With Grandaddy:

With Modest Mouse:

Other releases:


  1. ^ "Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History – MyHeritage". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Exclusive – Grandaddy split up – NME". Nme.com. January 27, 2006. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ All Smiles – Carbon Neutral Music Archived March 31, 2009(Date mismatch), at the Wayback Machine. eforests Archived October 29, 2010(Date mismatch), at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  4. ^ PICKPOCKET ALMANAC: SPRING 2010. SFMOMA. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "Sharp Darts: Grin and Bear It". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 6, 2018.

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