Jim Fairchild

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Jim Fairchild
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Jim Fairchild in concert
Background information
Birth name Kirby James Fairchild
Born (1973-10-08) October 8, 1973 (age 44)
Fresno, California
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels V2, Dangerbird Records
Associated acts Grandaddy, Modest Mouse
Website allsmilesmusic.com

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, and Portland, Oregon where he began to work under the name "All Smiles". As of 2009 he lives in San Francisco.[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 includes contributions from Joe Plummer, Danny Seim, and Gary Jarman.

Personal life[edit]

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


Albums released as All Smiles:

With Grandaddy:

With Modest Mouse:

Other releases:


External links[edit]

Interviews and press[edit]

  • [6] Pitchfork interview
  • [7] Chicago Reader interview
  • [8] interview on Stereogum