Born in St. Louis, Missouri, known as blues country, if anyone can sing the blues, it's Jim Byrnes. Every now and then, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a voice that changes the way you think about music. It’s that rare kind of voice that can take you to a place where a song that you’ve heard a thousand times becomes brand new again. Jim Byrnes’ voice has that quality, and even though he’s been winning over audiences with his soulful vocals for more than fifty years, he’s never sung like he does on Long Hot Summer Days, his newest album on Black Hen Music.
For half a decade, multi JUNO Award-winning bluesman has crooned, drawled, belted, hollered and sweet talked more songs into a microphone than most people ever get to hear in a single lifetime. It doesn't matter whether he's doing low down blues, gospel, R&B, old time, swing, country or good old rock and roll – when Jim Byrnes sings, it's the real deal.
At sixty-nine, Jim Byrnes has recorded a career milestone, which, given his history with numerous JUNO Awards and Maple Blues Awards, is saying a lot. Long Hot Summer Days is a masterwork from one of Canada’s best-loved musical icons. Records like this don’t come around every day. Listen and be taken away.