The Butchart Chronicles : July 7, 2015

Jim Byrnes, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jim Byrnes

By age thirteen, Jim was singing and playing blues guitar. His first professional gig was in 1964. He moved to Vancouver in the mid-70s after years of drifting, working odd jobs and playing music. In 1981 he put together a band that became a staple of the local music scene. In 1986 the Jim Byrnes Band played 300 nights.  And if that wasn't enough he found time to act in movies such as The Highlander and Sanctuary

Jim’s first love, however, is the blues. His evocative, smoky vocals are found in a truth that doesn’t come overnight. In 1981 he released Burnin’, followed in 1987 with I’ve Turned My Nights into Days and 1995’s Juno-Award winning That River.

Jim has produced five outstanding albums in six years since he hooked up with Steve Dawson, one of North America’s most critically acclaimed roots music producers. 2004’s Fresh Horses and 2006’s gospel tinged Juno Award winning House Of Refuge set standards that aren’t often equalled. My Walking Stick was the 2009 release ... a blood and guts, behind your knees, love, life, death, and after life release from the multi award winning Mr. Byrnes.

A little more than a year later, the same team got together and produced Everywhere West, a salute to Jim’s origins and influences.

In 2012, Jim decided to record I Hear The Wind in the Wires, an album of songs from the golden age of country music – many of which he’s been listening to for all his life.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm is your chance to experience the Blues as they were meant to be heard.

Jim Byrnes

(Bio and photo credits:  courtesy of Jim Byrnes)