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Jim Bryson

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Jim Bryson is from Canada’s capital, Ottawa. His songs are a cultivated mix of hope and doubt, longing and uncertainty, and are flush with endearing tales culled from the town he calls home. They have been described as “folk songs played with rock instruments” and “rock songs played with folk instruments.” Truthfully, they almost consistently lilt and sway between the two. Bryson’s previous records — The Occasionals (2000) and The North Side Benches (2003) — have gathered steam as Jim continues to travel and play, on his own and as singer/keyboardist/guitarist for Kathleen Edwards and Howe Gelb. Over the past two years, he has had the opportunity to play all over North America and in Europe, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and even at Farm Aid 2005.

His third offering, Where the Bungalows Roam, is certainly his warmest and most hushed record to date. The album was churned out throughout 2006, working with Dave Draves and Jarrett Bartlett (Kathleen Edwards, Julie Doiron, Howe Gelb) at Little Bullhorn Prods in Ottawa, as well as Chris Shreenan-Dyck (Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, Jon Langford) at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studio.

Bungalows leaves the bright guitars of Bryson’s past work behind for soft strumming; strained vocals are replaced with whispered confessions. This record is as direct as they come, and Jim’s lyrics have nowhere to hide. Nor should they.

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  • cjw217

    Ahh, why is it so hard to find The Occasionals? I'd love to hear it. :(

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • talkloud

    vvv seconded vvv

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • visionize

    I'm so glad that he joined up with The Weakerthans, which lead to me discovering him.

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • piipco

    Thanks for all your great music Jim. Really, this guy hasn't made a bad album. Seek out 'The Occasionals' if you can find it. Such a fine record. I can't wait for his new record with The Weakerthans.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • quietchild

    I love him so much... <3

    16 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ren1818

    Live album is good! I love Jim!

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • JDJ

    New live album available on iTunes... Live At the First Baptist Church. Solid so far... 1/2 way through.

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • LucidDeadPanda

    Saw Jim opening for and playing with the Weakerthans in Manchester last night, picked up the Bungalows album after - great stuff :)

    24 Nov 2007 Reply
  • ginnyoh

    Realllly loving this Bungalows album.

    26 Jul 2007 Reply
  • SimonRoy

    The show at the La sala Rossa yesterday was amazing !

    16 Dec 2006 Reply

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