The Jimmy Byron Acoustic Trio w/ Dave Haffey & Mitchell Thomson had a wonderful opportunity to play a somewhat new joint in the Bloorcourt area called "Wolf Like Me", SUN APR 24, 2016. Thank you to Mark for booking us and the neighborhood for having such swell time. We look forward to returning!
Thank You all for making The Transition Record Release such a successful fun time! Thank You Nathan and all the staff @ Junction City Music Hall as well. It was the perfect setting for such an event and you made us feel at home. I'd like to share with you all some photos and videos taken from the night. If you were there and have some photos or videos you'd like to share please contact me and I will add it to this page with a credit of course.
If you were unable to attend and would like to purchase the new album, it is available on:
Vinyl (w/ Download card included) and CD:
She Said Boom, 393 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
Vinyl (w/ Download Card) only:
Tonality Records, 2168 Dundas St West (near Roncesvalles)
LPs-LPs 2227 Dundas St West (@ Roncesvalles)
Pandemonium, 2920 Dundas St West, The Junction (near Keele)
Support your local record stores!
You, of course, could always buy direct @ the next show. And mail order will be coming soon to this site. Stay Tuned.
TRANSITION RECORD RELEASE, FRI APR 15, 2016 @ Junction City Music Hall, The Junction, Toronto, ON. Jimmy Byron, Chris Staig (Lead Guitar), Mitchell Thomson (Bass), and Michael Brushey (Drums).
I'd like to share with you a review on the new album, "Transition" by Bman's Blues Report.
I cannot thank him enough for his time and the fantastic and flattering things he said. Here is a copy of his review, but please check out the original on his website.
Thanks again Bman!
Join us APR 15th @ Junction City Music Hall for the Album release.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Jimmy Byron - Transition - New release review
I just received the newest release (April 15, 2016), Transition, from Jimmy Byron and it's quite good. Opening with a classic drum riff tied to The Shangri-Las of the early 60's but with takes a hard turn with traces of the Who, Zappa and Lou Reed. Chris Staig on lead guitar lays out some really outrageous riffs joined by Mitchell Thompson on bass and Josh Hicks on drums. Excellent! It's Sad has a very cool early 60's British rock sound with Byron on vocals and with the addition of David Poulin on strings and Staig's guitar riffs in an almost Mic Ronson style sets a nice tone. Can't Get Ahead has a Buddy Holly/Bo Diddley rockin feel and Byron gets things hopping. Jack Breakfast on piano and Byron on lead vocal and harp give this track a real vintage feel. Title track,Transition, is a good urban rocker with a punky, cocky attitude. With a lot of swagger and Reed style vocals, this track kicks! The Job has a folkier sound with an early Bob Dylan delivery and rural fiddle and guitar instrumentation. Very cool! (You Don't Do) What You Used To is a driving rocker with a slightly off beat rhythm. Again Staig sets up the guitar lines, Dennis Mohammed drives the bass, Breakfast on piano and Hicks carries the drums. Very cool. Lucy is a beautiful ballad with simple lines but strongly reminding me of one of today's best songwriters, Frank Black. Definitely one of my favorites on this release with a lot of good tracks to choose from! Don't Reckon has a cool rock blues feel with an early Jorma/Hot Tuna feel. Cool off beat piano lines, sax riffs by Jim Bish and clever guitar riffs gives this track a different kind of heat. Wrapping the release is Big Bad Wolf, a simple country style rocker with solid vocals and really nice slide work from Burke Carroll. Rhythmic acoustic guitar strumming and light honky tonk piano styling carry this track through to the end of a very fine, versatile release.
Posted by Bman at 5:13 PM
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I am pleased to announce that the new album,'Transition', Lps w/ download cards have arrived today! Thanks to Samo Media for fine manufacturing and to Mr. Chris Staig for helping me pick them up today.
Join us next FRI, APR 15th @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St W, Toronto, 10pm for the Record Release. Product will be available for purchase then.
See you there!
The time has almost come to release the new album, Transition. The release date will be FRI APRIL 15, 2016 @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St West. 10pm, $5 cover. The album will be released on vinyl (w/ a download card from iSong, included) and CD, and will be available for purchase at the show. Please enjoy this teaser, the title track from the album, Transition.
Hope to see you there.
Jimmy Byron: Transition
In 2009, Jimmy Byron released his debut album, Gentrify You, which
explored the themes of gentrification and how it affects people. After
three years in production, Jimmy is set to release his second album,
Transition features a mix of rock n’ roll and blues, and with the addition
of folk and classical instruments it expresses ideas about what happens
to a community when corporate greed and massive layoffs (or the
‘transitioning’ of jobs) leave people in a vulnerable state, prone to poverty,
mental health issues, and substance abuse.
Written and produced by Jimmy Byron, the album welcomes back
musicians Chris Staig, Dennis Mohammed (Jesse Cook), Josh Hicks
(Taxi Chain), and Jack Breakfast, but also adds the wonderful sounds of
Mitchell Thomson and David Poulin (The BelleRegards) on strings, Jim
Bish (Taxi Chain) on saxophone, bluegrass/old time/country musicians
Tony Allen, Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers), and Burke Carroll, plus
appearances by Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) to create an
exciting dynamic of sound and storytelling.
Beautifully mixed by Andrew Penner and mastered by Jeff “Fedge” Elliot,
Transition is available on vinyl as well as CD and digital download. A
show celebrating its release will take place at Junction City Music Hall,
2907 Dundas St W, Toronto on Friday, April 15th, 2016, at 10:00 p.m. $5
1. Mr. Mojo (The Cellophane Man)
2. It’s Sad
3. Can’t Get Ahead
5. The Job
6. (You Don’t Do) What You Used To
8. Don’t Reckon
9. Big Bad Wolf
Jimmy Byron, Chris Staig, and Special Guest, Max Heineman (Foggy Hogtown Boys/Lonesome Ace String Band)@ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, SAT MAR 19, 2016. Rock N Roll and Blues, Trio Style!
Congratulations to my dear friends, Josh and Monica Clendenin, (former Carol Stream and Willow Springs, IL residents) of Huntington Beach, California for giving birth to the newest Jimmy Byron fan, Josh Jr! I wish them the best of luck and much happiness, and thank you for the support and photo!
Here's to the future!
All the best!
FRI FEB 26, The Jimmy Byron Acoustic Duo, w/ Dave Haffey, @ Hole in the Wall, The Junction (Dundas W and Keele) Photos by Jennifer Schmitt
Welcome to the Jimmy Byron website! Here you will find info on my music, my acting, and my art. as well as this blog, photos, videos, as well as a store!
After 3 years, the project is almost done, the new album is almost here! The CD's have arrived, and the vinyl test presses have been approved and are being manufactured. The date had been set for the Release Party. Please Save the Date!
JIMMY BYRON: TRANSITION, Record Release, Friday, APR 15, 2016,
@ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas W, (Downstairs) The Junction,10pm-$5 cover.