James Dean Hall, 64, who was known as Jermy to his friends, died peacefully in his sleep, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

He was born Jan. 23, 1952, in Lanesboro.

After graduating from Lanesboro High School, he moved to Winona and later to Minneapolis. His work as a musician took him across the country. He traveled from the West Coast, to the East Coast, to the Gulf Coast and across the ocean to Jakarta, Indonesia, as an artist, street performer and traveling troubadour.

Over the years and miles, nothing diminished his strongest ties to the beautiful bluffs and cliffs of the Mississippi and Root River valleys that he loved. He camped and fished on the riverbanks taking inspiration for his songs and poetry from the boathouses, sand bars, backwaters and people he met.

He performed in bands and solo, in clubs, bars, coffeehouses, on the radio and CDs and in his favorite place to play, the streets. He wrote books of short stories, philosophy and poetry. He played drums, mandolin, harmonica, bass and his acoustic guitar was signed by Donovan, Johnny Winters, Willie Murphy, James Cotton and others at his request.

He was the feature of many local and national newspaper and magazine articles and appeared in television documentaries that highlighted the cultural scenes in both Fillmore County and Minneapolis.

He was a passionate gardener who kept impressive gardens, no matter where he lived or traveled.

He is survived by his children, Kira Nelson of Minneapolis, Sean Beaverson of Robbinsdale, Jamey Hall of Minneapolis and Molly Hall of Minneapolis; his siblings, Daniel Hall of Spring Valley, Margo (Daniel) Shanks of Canton and Wayne Hall of Canton; his grandchildren, Madeline Scamp, Julian Hall, Molly and Emily Beaverson and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Shirley Hall and a brother, David Hall.

In consideration of the current weather, a memorial service is planned for late February.