The Jimmy Byron Trio (w/ Dave Haffey & Mitchell Thomson) kicked off the new year at Relish Bar & Grill, in East Danforth, Toronto, ON. It was our pleasure to perform the 'Dinner Show' slot, while our friends Alun Piggins and The Quitters closed out the night. Not only did we have a great time, as always, playing...BUT we got to stick around and watch Alun, Terry, and Jay cut it up. Thanks to Joanne and the staff at Relish, all the east-end locals, and to our pals Alun, Terry, and Jay for such a great night!
Here is a collection of Photos and Videos.
* Photos and video by Jennifer Schmitt
GONE, GONE, GONE-(C. Perkins) This 1955 Carl Perkins hit has always been a favorite number to perform.
(YOU DON'T ) DO WHAT YOU USED TO- (J.L. Byron) This original appears on Jimmy Byron album, "Transition"(2016). Available at www.jimmybyron.com
I LOVE HER SO-(J.L. Byron) This original ballad was penned in 1997, and first appeared on early demos and live recordings in 1998, and again on "The Bathroom Sessions"(2000).
BIG BAD WOLF (J.L. Byron) This original appears on Jimmy Byron album, "Transition"(2016). Available at www.jimmybyron.com
The Jimmy Byron Trio had our 'Holiday Show' DEC 2nd, at The Local on Roncesvalles, Toronto, which concludes our shows for 2017. It's been a fine year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
As The Holiday Season approaches, if you are looking for a gift for a loved one, or for yourself, don't forget our 'Merchandise' page. All albums are in CAD, and will redirect you to our "Bandcamp" page to complete your order.
While we are indeed on iTunes, Apple Music, Cd Baby, and Spotify, I've found Bandcamp to be the best site for independent artists and fans alike. Through bandcamp you can order the vinyl (w/ Download card incl.), CD, or download the album in WAV. format, which is a higher quality file than you will find at other sites.
OR... If you live in Toronto...support your local record stores. You can purchase Jimmy Byron albums in Toronto at:
She Said Boom, Roncesvalles.
Rotate This, Ossington (and Dundas)
Pandemonium, The Junction
Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!
The Jimmy Byron Trio with Dave Haffey (lead guitar) and Sam Petite (upright bass)
@ The Local, SAT DEC 2, 2017.
*photos and videos by Jennifer Schmitt
STUCK LIKE GLUE (J.L. Byron) An original rockabilly/country-blues number from 1998.
LET ME PLAY WITH YOUR POODLE (H. Whittaker) A Chicago-blues number from 1942 by Hudson Whittaker aka Tampa Red
(YOU DON'T DO) WHAT YOU USED TO (J.L. Byron) From the latest album, 'Transition' (2016).
TRAIN #37 (J.L. Byron) A country-blues, story song from 1998.
BIG BAD WOLF (J.L. Byron) From the latest album, 'Transition' (2016).
While The US was busy feasting on Thanksgiving left-overs, and the Holiday shoppers were going crazy over 'Black Friday' sales, The Jimmy Byron Trio w/ Dave Haffey and Rob Clarke were performing at Relish Bar and Grill in East Danforth, Toronto.
This is the 2nd time we've played here, and what a blast it is! Thanks again to Joanne Clayton, the staff at Relish, and the entire neighborhood for their support.
We hope to be back soon.
Here is a collection of photos and videos.
* Videos by Jennifer Schmitt
BABY SHE'S GONE- (J.Scott) A cover version of Jack Scott's hit from 1957.
TRAIN #37-(J.L. Byron) An original Country-Blues story song.
(YOU DON'T DO) WHAT YOU USED TO- (J.L. Byron) An original Rock n' Roll/Blues number from the album, "TRANSITION"(2016)
BLONDE BABY-(J.L. Byron) An original Rockabilly number from 1998. Appeared as a demo in 1998, "The Bathroom Sessions:Demos"(2000) and an outtake on "The Singles" (2003).
The Jimmy Byron Trio w/ Chris Staig and James McEleney had the pleasure of playing The Local, Roncesvalles, Toronto, ON. SAT, NOV 4 2017. It was a real treat to welcome back Mr. Staig, one of the hardiest working and busiest men in showbiz! Chris not only fronts his own band, Chris Staig and the Marquee Players, but is also the lead guitarist in The Parkdale Rebels. And what an honor to have another busy and talented lad, Mr. James McEleney (The Andrew Collins Trio) on upright. This marks the first time James and I have played together, and I'm sure it won't be the last!
Here is a collection of photos and videos taken by Jennifer Schmitt
BABY, SHE'S GONE (J. Scott)
Written and recorded in 1957 by Canadian-American singer-songwriter, Jack Scott. Mr. Scott has always been a favorite of mine, this number in particular. I've been performing it live for nearly 20 years, and I never tire of it.
GRABBA GUN (J.L. Byron)
Written and recorded for 'Gentrify You' (2009) this song addresses the problems with the gun culture in the Unites States.
PEARLY LEE (B. Riley)
Written and recorded as the B-Side to "Red Hot" by Billy Lee Riley, for Sun Records in 1957. I had the pleasure of meeting and befriending Billy in 1999 while he was performing at a Beale Street Festival in Memphis, TN. We hit it off, and remained acquainted until he passed in 2009. He has been a very positive influence on my music, and I always think of him fondly when I sing this number at my live shows.
The Jimmy Byron Trio w/ Dave Haffey and Mitchell Thomson had the pleasure of playing Rod, Gun and Barbers:Junction, Toronto, ON. SAT, OCT 21 2017. It is a quaint little barbershop with a fully licensed bar as well. Here is a collection of photos taken by Jennifer Schmitt and Trek Willett.
*Videos by Jennifer Schmitt.
STUCK LIKE GLUE (J.L. Byron)
Written and recorded as a demo in 1998, this little rockabilly-country number became a regular at live shows. It was re-recorded for the "Bathroom Sessions:Demos" (2000) and again for "The Singles" (2003) featuring Donnie Briggs (The Brunswicks/The In Crowd) on lead guitar and Bradley Scott Ber (Chicago Blues Angels/Hubert Sumlin)on upright bass. 'The Singles' version has been featured on Toronto's CIUT,FM and KCLN,FM often.
TRAIN #37 (J.L. Byron)
This number was also written and recorded as a demo in 1998, and re-recorded for the "Bathroom Sessions:Demos" (2000), however, it never made the list at live shows. In 2014, I dusted off this gem, changed the key and feel, and added it to the live set. It has now become a new fan favorite!
ALISON ROSE (J.L. Byron)
Written in 2000, this song never saw the light of day until I stumbled upon it while sorting through my old notebook in 2014.
BIG BAD WOLF (J.L. Byron)
Written and recorded for the "Bathroom Sessions:Demos" (2000), this song also never made the live show, or saw the light of day, until it was recorded for my latest album, "Transition" (2016). This jaunty number has since been recorded as an official live video at The Great Hall, Toronto by Dominique Van Olm, and is always a crowd pleaser at shows.
The Jimmy Byron Trio w/ Dave Haffey and Rob Clarke had the pleasure of playing Relish Bar and Grill, East Danforth, Toronto, ON. Fri June 23, 2017. It was our first time performing there as a unit, and are pleased to say we will be doing it again in NOV. Looking forward to it! Here is a collection of photos and videos taken by Jennifer Schmitt.
During the summer, a very talented photographer and film maker, Dominique Van Olm, (from Toronto via Calgary,ALTA) approached the Jimmy Byron Acoustic Trio with the idea of filming a few live videos. This OCT, we were finally able to complete the project. I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Thank you to Dominique, Matt, Darren, Mitchell, Dave, and The Great Hall, Queen West, Toronto for seeing this project through and for being such gifted professionals in every way.
Here are the videos:
JIMMY BYRON- Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
DAVE HAFFEY- Lead Guitar
MITCHELL THOMSON- Upright Bass/Backing Vocals
Directed, Produced, and Filmed by: Dominique Van Olm
Sound and mixing by: Matt Lodder and Darren Snowden
Filmed at: The Great Hall, Queen W. Toronto, ON.
All Songs written by: James L. Byron/Montgomery Music
2016. All Rights Reserved.
BIG BAD WOLF and THE JOB appear on "Jimmy Byron:Transition"(2016) which is available worldwide on Vinyl (w/Download Cards), CD, and for Download. You may purchase through link above or download individual tracks on iTunes, CdBaby, and Bandcamp.
Available for purchase in local Stores: HERE
Sadly, on October 28, 2016, the infamous Willowbrook Ballroom of Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL burned to the ground. Willow Springs is one of the many places I called home as a child, and The Willowbrook Ballroom was where my grandmother and my great aunts worked as servers for just over 40yrs. It was a beloved institution to Chicago and the Chicagoland area, and to my family for many years. It is also the famous sight of the legendary, world renowned ghost story, Resurrection Mary. Legend says she was walking home from a dance at the Ballroom in 1927, when a car struck her dead. Since then, many reports have seen a woman walking down Archer Ave from that site to Resurrection Cemetery. Ironically, my great grandfather (my grandmother's father) worked as a gravedigger at Resurrection Cemetery starting in the 1920s and continuing for many many years after. Most of my family is buried there as well.
Opened by John Verderbar in 1921 at 8900 Archer Ave, as an outdoor dance pavilion known as Oh Henry Park, it soon rose in popularity and became enclosed in 1923. In 1930 it was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt. It reopened on a grander scale in 1931 as The Oh Henry Ballroom. It became a huge attraction and hosted many popular orchestras of the time including: Ozzie Nelson, Harry James, Count Basie, Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, and Bob Crosby (Bing's brother).
They expanded in 1955, and renamed it The Willowbrook Ballroom in 1959. By the late 1960s, the ballroom saw more pop and rock n roll acts including: The Cryan Shames, Chubby Checker, The Association, The Buckinghams, Martha Reeves, Otis Day, and The Village People. Even though music tastes were always changing, the Ballroom proved it was able to accommodate many styles throughout the years, while still maintaining the old big band styles as well. It was often a sought out place to go for New Years Eve, and even hosted the famous "Winter Dance Party Tour" a Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, for many years.
In 1997 the Verderbar family sold the Ballroom to the Jodwalis family. The Jodwalis family kept up with it's rich history and tradition over the years. Unfortunately, just a few days ago, it is currently believed, roofers working on the building caused a 4 alarm fire. Due to a lack of water pressure, firefighters were forced to wait for tanker trucks to arrive. The wait proved to be fatal to the building and its possessions. No one was harmed luckily, but history was lost.
Willow Springs has changed and gentrified over the years since I last lived there. I hope the Jodwalis family has the same spirit as the Verderbar family had when they met the same tragedy in 1930...I hope they rebuild and keep the show going! The world needs it.
A live action video posted on youtube by artist GunterSnaps
We were very fortunate to return to The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, this August. The show was a blast! Once again, we did the new album, "Transition" in it's entirety. If you were unable to catch it, here is a collection of photos and videos from the night featuring: Jimmy Byron (vocals/guitar), Dave Haffey (lead guitar), Mitchell Thomson (upright bass), and Michael Brushey (drums).
Enjoy my friends,
Here is videos from the "Transition" set.
Here are other originals and covers from the night.