Jim Byrnes Revisits His Childhood with 'St. Louis Times'

Jim Byrnes Revisits His Childhood with 'St. Louis Times'
Veteran Vancouver bluesman Jim Byrnes' solo discography has swelled rapidly in the past decade, and he'll be adding to his catalogue again this year with another new album. St. Louis Times is due out on April 15 through Black Hen Music.

Byrnes grew up in St. Louis, and a press release calls this his "most personal record to date." It includes original songs about his childhood, along with versions of tunes recorded by some of his favourite St. Louis musicians.

The album was cut with producer Steve Dawson in a "big old studio blessed with brilliant ambience and acoustics," and features a backing band of Canadian roots musicians. Some Nashville horn players also pitched in. Other contributors include John Hammond, Colin James and No Sinner's Colleen Rennison.

Elsewhere, Byrne wrote his first-ever spoken word song with "The Journey Home," and "Somebody Lied" is a tribute to Jimmy Reed. See the tracklist below and the album cover above.

St. Louis Times:

1. I Get Evil
2. Somebody Lied
3. Nadine
4. Old Dogs, New Tricks
5. You'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)
6. The Duck's Yas Yas Yas
7. The Journey Home
8. St. Louis Blues
9. Cake Alley
10. I Need a Change
11. That Will Never Do
12. Another Night to Cry