Live at the Hotel Utah (2013) [LP]

by Jim Byron

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These tracks of this E.P. were all recorded at the Hotel Utah Open Mic in 2013. They represent these songs in a casual, preliminary state, experimentation and re-drafting abound, and should serve as a look into the songwriting process in some way or another. To some extent, they examine the evolution of the songster himself; the oldest recording, I Want To Be The Best At Loving You, the bonus track, recorded October 2012 displays a sort of grandiose eloquently long-winded sprawling melodic rap. Recorded shortly thereafter Bird Singin' In A Dead Tree demonstrates J. Byron's ability to compose a simple, memorable, meaningful folk song, perhaps tapping into that power that moves a song from tongue to tongue, having been covered by the likes of Dean Harlem. The most recent offering, Humble Me Down, recorded October 2013, showcases a swift succinctness and economy of language, also featuring a heavily dropped, C-standard guitar tuning, which makes sonic room for Byron's high tenor to relax, easing into an enhanced atmosphere of expression. The title track, as well as the following 5, were recorded in May of 2012 during Jim's feature performance at the open mic, meant to serve as a sample of the forthcoming album The Shifting Of The Tides (all but Pocketful Of California Gold, which is currently singular to this collection, notwithstanding the possibility of a future studio recording.) The Shifting Of The Tides LP is slated to be recorded by Ben Brodin at ARC Studios in Omaha. Proceeds from this EP go towards financing this future project, aiming for a 2014 release.


released October 3, 2013

Recorded by Brenden Getzell.
All songs written and performed by Jim Byron.




Jim Byron Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Dylan's back, but this time he’s Jameson, aka Jim Byron, who sounds like Youth Spirit incarnate (akin not only to Bob but also Conor Oberst and Daniel Johnston). A kindly soul, likely candidate for the spokesman for his generation, maniac of invention, generating new songs or poems during any good week, his lyrics manage brilliance and innocence with a poignant voice sure to mess up your heart." ... more

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