Welcome to the Official Site of Award-Winning Songwriter John Rimel
John Rimel, a native of central Virginia, began his songwriting and performing careers at an early age. He was a winner in the American Song Festival and the Music City Song Festival. He secured his first of many album cuts on the Statler Brothers' (Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees) 1983 release, Today. Since that time John has had songs recorded on seven Top 10 albums, including a Billboard #1 country album as well as a #1 bluegrass album. His impressive songwriting credits include co-writing with Jimmy Fortune "More Than A Name On A Wall," a top 10 hit, nationally awarded by BMI and named the 1990 Country Song of the Year. Dailey and Vincent (Grammy nominees and three-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year) also included this song on their 2008 self-titled Bluegrass Album of the Year. In 2003, John collaborated with Jimmy Fortune to pen five new songs for Jimmy's debut album, When One Door Closes, for Nashville-based Audium Records. John’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists and have been performed on national cable and network television. He has toured nationally as keyboardist for the Jimmy Fortune Band. John has performed his songs on the Grand Ole Opry and with artists as diverse as Ricky Scaggs, Hall & Oates, Delbert McClinton, James Cotton, and Earl Scruggs.
John’s first solo effort, a self-titled gospel CD, was released in 2004 on Oxford Hill Records and is available for sale on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and at live performances. All the songs have been written for his second project, Pieces of Dixie, a secular collection with a cultural focus on the South. Throughout his career, John has performed in bands of almost every musical genre, as well as in acoustic duos and trios. An excellent keyboardist, he is in demand as a session player and has lent it talents to many studio recordings. Currently John appears solo at select venues and also shares the stage with Tom Proutt for duo performances.