Every now and then, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear a voice that changes the way you think about music. Canadian bluesman Jim Byrnes’ voice has that quality, and even though he’s been winning over audiences with his soulful vocals for more than fifty years now, he’s never sung like he does on Long Hot Summer Days, his newest album on Black Hen Music.
Rising to the high bar of Long Hot Summer Days, a very special group came together at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to record: Steve Dawson (guitars), Chris Gestrin (keyboards), Geoff Hicks (drums), Jeremy Holmes (bass), and a horn section containing some of Vancouver’s finest – Malcolm Aiken, Jerry Cook and Dominic Conway. Guest appearances by Vancouver gospel quartet The Sojourners on harmony vocals and Monkeyjunk’s Steve Marriner on the harmonica guaranteed that a very special recording was in the works.
Warm and weathered. Soaring and bright. Jim Byrnes’ 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.