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Jim Byrnes
 
Saturday, January 28th, 8:00pm
Harrison Memorial Hall
Tickets: $22.00 
 
It is a cliche to introduce a musician as "needing no introduction", but in the case of Jim Byrnes, this just may be the case - at least for anybody familiar with the Canadian music scene of the last 40 years. Jim Byrnes is simply one of the country's most popular blues musicians, who we can now proudly claim as one of our own here in BC, despite his origins in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the great blues music centres.

By age thirteen, Jim was singing and playing blues guitar. His first professional gig was in 1964. Over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual who’s who of the blues. From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray, Jim has been on the blues highway for 45 years.In the mid 1970s he moved to Vancouver, and by the late 1980s had established himself as a household name in the city, not only as a musician but also as an actor in film and television.

The post 2000 era has been a prolific one for Jim. His inspired partnership with talented producer and slide player Steve Dawson has led to no less than 5 recordings in 6 years, delving into a rich vault of American roots music from Delta Blues to Gospel and even country. 

2014's St. Louis Times is Jim's most personal record to date. Reminiscences of his childhood home of St. Louis are expressed through his original compositions as well as versions of songs he grew up with that were recorded by St. Louis musicians. The sheer joy you can hear in the music Jim Byrnes and company create is the real reason to celebrate. Jim Byrnes is a living musical treasure and this is his best record yet. And, that's saying something!
 
Here's a little clip of Jim playing with long time friend and producer Steve Dawson singing Honky Tonk Blues.
 
The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm.  Tickets will be available online through the link below, by phone at 604.796.3664, or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery or Agassiz Shoppers Drugmart. Follow us on Facebook and twitter for more videos and promo contests.  
 
 

 
 
     Tickets available:
     on line: 'Purchase Tickets' link above
     by phone: (604) 796-3664
     In person: Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart