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Shotgun Jimmie 

Still Jimmie

Last time we heard from Jim Kilpatrick, AKA Shotgun Jimmie, was in 2007 for The Onlys, an endearing collection of indie gems recorded with friends at Marshwinds Farm, outside of Sackville, New Brunswick. Warm in sound like sun-steeped tea, the album spawned the lovely lo-fi duet "Bedhead" with Ilse Kramer.

It's appropriate that Jimmie's follow-up is called Still Jimmie, released on the newly formed You've Changed Records (Baby Eagle, The Luyas, Adam & the Amethysts). Recorded far away in Ontario with touring buddies and label mates Attack in Black, Still Jimmie, available on vinyl and digital download, actually benefits from a rocked out, full band sound. Like Chad VanGaalen, Jimmie is a bit of a shape-shifter. Rather than smothering Jimmie's lo-fi sweetness, big drums and guitar only accentuate his sharp songwriting and quirky vocal delivery.

In the country-guitar rocker "I asked cupid," a conversation with the god of love, he observes, "I guess you need steady hands for steady plans." Jimmie shows empathy in "treadwater" for the "record industry ninjas with their evilest of evil plans," who are just surviving too, in "the vast ocean" of indie music "of millions and billions of bands, so many of them, I worry that they might drown all the fans." Shotgun Jimmie need not worry, this album won't float away any time soon.

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