Shotgun Jimmie is leaving this week for a whole bunch of shows across Canada. Check out the dates below, come out to a show, and enjoy the sweet Jimmie tunes. Like this one! Here’s the new video for “North!” from Everything, Everything, directed by Colin Medley to get you in the mood for rockin’ out.
Shotgun Jimmie Summer Tour Dates
July 25th The Exchange (Gateway Festival kick off) Regina, SK
July 26th Gateway Festival, Bengough, SK
July 27th and 28th Brandon Folk Music and Arts Festival, Brandon, MB
Aug 2nd 3rd & 4th SappyFest, Sackville, NB
Aug 7th Playground, London, ON
Aug 8th The Mansion House, Saint Catherines, ON
Aug 9th Mudtown Arts Festival, Owen Sound, ON
Aug 10th ALL CAPS Festival, Toronto Island, ON
Aug 14th Wednesdays By The Fountain, Brandon, MB
Aug 16th and 17th Harvest Sun Festival, Kelwood, MB
Sept 7th Frosh Fest, Lethbridge, AB Sept 13th Harvest Moon Festival, Clearwater, MB
We are very happy to announce that “Mule in the Flowers” from the Weather Station Duets series has been nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. There with the other beautiful and lovely nominees is ours, a mule in the flowers of song.
It was a strangely stubborn thing; bits of it had followed me around for years. I’d written and discarded many verses. When Tamara asked if I’d be interested in participating in the Duets series I told her I had this scrap of something that I didn’t know what to do with, or how to finish. I recorded what I had and sent it to her; she was sleeping on a floor in New Jersey while her host played Sloan records all night long. She listened to the tune and understood what to do immediately. The song needed a friend; as Tamara has said, a rare character in a duet. She sent me what she’d added, and I listened, over and over again, happy and moved. We recorded in the kitchen in the spring.
Please visit the official site and cast a vote, today, tomorrow, and every or any day until July 3rd.
I first head Apollo Ghosts when Paul Henderson told me he couldn’t stop listening to this great band from Vancouver that he wanted to bring out to play SappyFest. Their show that beautiful summer afternoon was extraordinary. Adrian wore a cape. Amanda kept a groovy beat and a smile on her face. Jay was silent, a perfect steady bass player. The songs were fantastic, the band was engaged and deeply present in that specific and wonderful moment, and we, the unsuspecting crowd, sung along happily and with gusto, and we all left carrying a record; unless you were slow to the merch table, sucker, as the records, priced at a lowly $5 sold out instantly.
The next summer Adrian came back to New Brunswick and spent a couple of weeks in town as the Sappy Songwriter-in-Residence, writing tunes for a new record. We hung out, went swimming, had some dinners, drank some wine, went to the drive-in for Paul’s birthday, even jammed a couple times. It was great, easy, summer-living.
I don’t remember exactly when Adrian asked if I’d be interested in putting out the new Apollo Ghosts record; it might have been when he was still in town, but I don’t think so. It might have been later on during some cross Canada phone call; always a pleasure, sometimes just a rap from Adrian left on the answering machine. In any event, I loved the record the first I heard it and I love it even more now that it’s been a part of my life for a year or two, and I’m proud it came out on You’ve Changed Records.
In July 2012 I went on tour for a week with Apollo Ghosts. 6 shows in BC and Washington State. The drives were short, the weather was good, I rode with them in their Subaru and I saw them play some fantastic fun and uplifting punk-rock shows. We ate in health-food stores and drank kombucha as they joked about being west coast hippies. That’s the thing: Apollo Ghosts are good, kind, funny, open people and an absolutely fantastic rock and roll band and both of those things are good and important and inspiring and something to cherish. I want to thank them for taking me along on one of my all-time favourite tours. I want to thank them for the laughs. I want to thank them for believing that this was a good home for Landmark. And I want to thank them for the tunes: “What are your Influences?,” “Day of Glory,” “Guitar Brother,” “Money Has No Heart,” “Lightweight,” “Palm of My Hand,” “Things You Go Through,” “Coca-Cola Admen,” and so many others.
It breaks my heart to miss this last show, oh boy. Adrian, Amanda, Jay and Jarret, my friends, in my heart I’m there dancing and singing along and happy to see you play one last time.
Jimmie’s got a whole lot of dates coming up to celebrate the release of Everything, Everything on March 26th. On with the showbiz!
Mar 27th The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON
Mar 29th Wavelength @ The Monarch, Toronto, ON
Mar 30th The Spill, Peterbrough, ON
April 3rd Murphy’s Pub, Oshawa, ON
April 4th This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
April 6th KAZOO FEST, Jimmy Jazz, Guelph, ON
April 7th Merchant Ale House, Saint Catherines, ON
April 11th The Capital, Fredericton, NB
April 12th The Legion, Sackville, NB
April 19-21st Lawya Vawya Festival, St. John’s, NL
April 26th Raw Sugar, Ottawa, ON
April 27th Cosmic Dave’s, Sudbury, ON
May 9th The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
May 10th Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK
May 16th Broken City Calgary, AB
May 17th Wunderbar, Edmonton, AB
May 18th The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
May 25th The Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
* there’s a few more shows to announce in some of the gaps here so please check back
We’re very happy to announce the return of Shotgun Jimmie with a brand new LP Everything, Everything. 16 tracks of self-recorded rock and roll heart; tonnes of bangers, lots of love. The follow up to the Polaris long-listed Transistor Sister sounds like “Jonathan Richman jamming with Eric’s Trip at a Wes Anderson’s house” according to Joel Plaskett, and he would know because we gave him a copy of the album already. John K. Samson says “Much like the cabin in a Manitoba winter where it was made, Shotgun Jimmie’s Everything, Everything welcomes us into a consoling shelter of exceptionally natural, generous, and expressive songs. Jimmie has built a beautiful and lasting record. You leave it more alert to the world around you.” And oh boy are we excited he thinks so! We love it too and can’t wait for you to hear it.
Everything, Everything will be released on March 26, 2013, and is available for pre-order in our shop.
Jimmie has whole bunch of tour dates to announce soon, but in the meantime, here’s the first track on the album: “Standing In A Line.”