The Doubters. Again.

So, I’ve been back in the studio these last few months working one some new music.  Full band stuffs.  I’ve been joined by some good friends and we’re sounding pretty good, too.  We’ve been capturing some audio and video and will continue to do so.  I expect there’ll be something for your ears and eyes soon.

I’ll also be playing my last gig of 2014 next Sunday (October 12th) at Broadcast in Glasgow – again opening for the brilliant Danny And The Champions Of The World.

In the meantime, here’s a snap of me working on something new.

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Gig confirmed

Ladies and gentlemints!  Here’s a date for the diary: Sunday, October 12th.

I’ll be opening for the brilliant Danny And The Champions Of The World at Broadcast.  Trust me, that’s not one to miss.

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First solo performance this year: opening for Mark Eitzel.

So. It’s been a while since I ventured out onto a stage. But guess what, I have my first solo performance this year coming up next Saturday, August 16th, at Glasgow’s Broadcast. Supporting the most excellent Mark Eitzel, no less.

You can expect a couple of new songs in the set, too. A sneak peak of what I’ve been working on with The Doubters the last while.

Tickets are £14, but if you’re planning on coming along drop me a message here with your name and I’ll throw you down on the ‘discounted entry list’. That’ll get you entry for a cool £7.

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“Play like Elvis”

When I was about 10 or so I got this little red guitar from my parents. It was an odd plastic bodied thing. But it worked and I didn’t really know that it was odd until years later when I thought about it.

I can’t even remember how it sounded. I do, however, remember that I penned my first song a few weeks later. I didn’t bother to learn to play it, I just strummed. “Ghost Song”. I can’t quite remember the lyrics, and I’d be damned if I’d remember how to play it (cause that thing was out of tune every day for its life span), but I do remember that I sang “scary ghosts” a few times over.

I think I must have thought that I wasn’t very good at the whole troubadour thing, as I soon put that red guitar down.

Well, slammed it down. I smashed it to pieces.

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Happy Holidays!

It’s been a splendid year with some gigs along the way. Like each of the years that have passed, I’ve met some great folks and made some new friends. Thanks for the continued support and I wish you a Happy Holidays and hope that 2014 is most excellent to you all.

See you all further down the line,


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Light of Day Scotland

When I was young I spent Saturdays at my Grandparents.  I would walk round the local market with my Grandfather and he’d buy me an ol’ Matchbox car and himself an old watch.  Usually broken.  But he’d mend them whenever his hands were steady enough.

As I got a little older, I became aware that it wasn’t just old age that was making his hands shake more often and had turned his voice to a whisper.  My Grandfather had Parkinson’s Disease.  But he was making the best o’ things and he still made us kids laugh.

I realise now that I have absolutely no memories of my Grandfather pre-Parkinson’s, but I have only fond memories.  I think about him often when I look at my growing collection of broken watches.  I’ll be thinking of him on Friday, too.

So, please join me in getting behind Light of Day on a special night this Friday at Glasgow’s Oran Mor – raising awareness and funds for a very worthwhile cause.

More information can be found on the appearances page, or at the Light of Day website.

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Danny & The Champions of the World: Blabber ‘n’ Smoke review

Blabber ‘n’ Smoke’s view of the recent Danny And The Champions Of The World gig at Pivo Pivo.  There’s a mention of ol’ Jim here, too:

“Jim Dead produced a fine set of his parched cinematic meditations conjuring up a landscape of grim faced existential heroes battling against fate …”

Head on over to Blabber ‘n’ Smoke to read the full thing.

Needless to say I’m chuffed – I’ve been a fan of Danny Wilson since the days of Grand Drive, with True Love and High Adventure one of my favourite albums for such a long time.  So again, thanks to those that came out, to Meester Mainy for booking me and to Danny & The Champs for putting on a Helluva show!

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In Conversation: It’s A XXXX Thing

So, I was having a chat with Its a XXXX Thing‘s Meester Mainy ahead of the year’s final gigs.   Basically, he asked me a whole bunch of questions and I threw him a whole bunch of answers. It went a little like this:

Mainy: Tell us a bit about yourself Jim.  Early days are always the best place to start.  So when did you first feel drawn to music, and how did that then move on to you creating your own?

Jim: I guess it’s an old cliché, but I remember flicking through my parents’ record collection … it was quite an eclectic collection, too. I don’t suppose that I really became immersed in music until my early teens.  Then I was obsessed.

Spending hours putting together mixes for friends, when not sifting through the tapes and LPs that belonged to my parents and liberating the best tracks from their obscure and often disappointing albums.  I was the one in school preaching music. While I was sorta like the weird kid who liked ‘Heavy Metal’, folks were tuning into the mixes I was giving them.

We started hanging out together and eventually we got a band going.

We were dreadful. Couldn’t really play, but we stuck with it and we made quite a noise.

He’s a good chap is Mainy … and he was kind enough to post the whole chat in full over at It’s a XXXX Thing!!

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