Next from LIVE Kicks: Jim Byrnes at the Civic Centre Sat Oct 27

Multiple award-winner Jim Byrnes is a skilled and soulful musician who’s put his stamp on many genres, from blues and gospel to rockabilly and country. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, Byrnes is also blessed with an inimitably smoky and instantly recognizable voice. A superb performer and a great raconteur, he’s at his very best on stage: time to find out why he’s wowed audiences all over North America and Europe.

7:30pm Saturday Oct 27 – JIM BYRNES at the GOLDEN CIVIC CENTRE


Jim Byrnes is a gifted and soulful musician and songwriter who was born in St. Louis, Missouri – an atmospheric, music-rich place where Ike and Tina Turner were the stars of a house band in a neighbourhood bar and R&B wafted tantalizingly through the air. He loved that St. Louis vibe, and the musically precocious Byrnes was inspired to start singing and playing guitar at the tender age of 13.

He moved to Vancouver in the mid-‘70s and in just a few years The Jim Byrnes Band was a cornerstone of the local blues scene. Byrnes soon expanded his musical palette to include all forms of Americana as he put his stamp on many genres, including gospel, rockabilly and country.

With great songs and that inimitably smoky and instantly recognizable voice, Byrnes has wowed audiences all over North America and Europe. He’s made many great records, including several for Steve Dawson’s Black Hen Music.

Along the way he’s also won three Junos, various Maple Blues and Western Canadian Music Awards, and other honours. His new record, Long Hot Summer Nights, is a master class in storytelling; it’s also a distillation of Byrnes’s gifts as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

But this superb musician is also a great raconteur and is at his best on stage: whether he’s telling marvelous anecdotes drawn from a lifetime in music, or performing a perfect mix of original tunes and Americana classics that suddenly sound new again, nobody gets the job done quite like Jim Byrnes.

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