Ex-Tide star now a recording artist

TUSCALOOSA - Jim Farmer took his Crimson Tide game to the NBA as a first round draft pick and now he's taking his voice to the air waves. The former University of Alabama guard who helped lead the Tide to three straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances with his roommate, now Tide head basketball coach Mark Gottfried, is releasing his first CD of country music on November 16.

He will be a special guest at halftime of Alabama's November 26th Utah basketball game to sing two of his songs from the CD which will be available at the game and on his website, www.jimfarmer.com.

"I may have to stick around the floor and turn it over to my assistants in the lockeroom at halftime with my team that night because I want to see this myself," joked Gottfried. The Tide coach roomed with the Dothan native while they were both starting guards on the University of Alabama basketball team from 1984-87. "That will be the guaranteed largest female attended game of the season.

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"Actually, I've heard his CD and it's pretty good. He has improved a great deal from singing in the showers at Bryant Hall. I kid him about this but I believe in him. I'm proud of him and I think that this will be the start of Nashville's next big hit."

Farmer got his first big taste of life on stage last week. Friends with Sawyer Brown lead singer-and major basketball fan Mark Miller-Farmer often travels with the band on the road. When Sawyer Brown appeared in concert in Farmer's hometown of Dothan November 7, Miller and the band called him on stage to join with them singing their number one hit, "Some Girls Do."

Farmer and Gottfried, along with 14-year NBA veteran Derrick McKey led Alabama to some of its greatest moments on the court. Alabama went to the NCAA tournament all four years Farmer was on the team. Alabama won both the Southeastern Conference regular and tournament championships in 1987. Farmer's play in Alabama's three NCAA tournament games that senior year-he averaged 24 points a game in the postseason-helped propel him into first round draft status that year when the Dallas Mavericks selected him as the 20th pick of the first round in the draft. His NBA career found him playing for the Mavericks, the Jazz, the Supersonics, the Timberwolves, the 76ers, Bucks and Nuggets.

He moved to Los Angeles following his NBA career and played for Magic Johnson's All-Stars, a touring dream team, for three years. Working also as a model, Farmer has appeared on magazine covers. Moving to Nashville a couple of years ago to begin pursuing a career in music, Farmer appeared in videos for Coolio and country singer Chalee Tennison.

His first single release from the album is "She Is." Farmer's album, on RIM Records, is produced by Adam Mitchell who has worked with Linda Ronstadt, KISS, and Manhattan Transfer.

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