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The Pilgrim and the Nightingale

Jim Byrnes with Babe Gurr June 23

Rob Warwick, Rockit.boy


hree-time Juno winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Famer Jim Byrnes was born in blues country. Forty-five years on the blues highway with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray landed this quintessential blues man in Vancouver.


Now a west coast legend, Byrnes has amassed a stellar collection of true blue hits including “12 Questions”, “Walk on Boy”, “Still Stuck on You”, “Jailbird Love Song”, “Me and Piney Brown”, “ Four Until Late”, “Love is Just a Gamble”, “Of Whom Shall I be Afraid”, “That River”, “Stardust”, “Talk in Circles” and “Just a Pilgrim”, Winner of Canadian Spotlight Awards' best music video of the year (2006).

His evocative themes and smoky vocals reveal a truth resulting from a lifetime of experience and struggle. The honours he has received along the way bear testimony to Jim Byrnes’ triumph over adversity. The albums “That River” won the Juno for Best Blues/Gospel Album (1996), “ House of Refuge”, Juno for Blues Album of the Year (2007) and “Everywhere West”, Juno for Blues Album of the Year (2011). Jim further proved he has the pipes winning the Canadian Folk Music Awards Contemporary Singer of the Year (2006, 2009). In 1995 he was inducted to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

British Blues Connection states “smouldering intensity [and] deeply soulful”. “A voice that sounds like it saw creation and followed the devil down to hell” adds Americana UK. “Byrnes is a veritable national treasure, and if you like the blues you should know about him,” says Uptown. Vancouver Province calls Jim Byrnes “A cross-breeding of soul and country, which recalls Otis Redding or Percy Sledge”. Naird Newsletter concludes “…a modern twist on the blues tradition...backed by a killer band, dominated by soulful vocals”. Get yourself to this incredible show and you will have to agree!

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Re-joining jim byrnes for this concert is Special Guest Babe Gurr. A roots/rock singer-songwriter, she has been turning heads for years with her blend of roots, blues and pop. With her warm, sultry voice, meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies, Babe Gurr is a name you won’t forget. Her music has been compared to the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt and Sheryl Crow while retaining her own unique sound and style. With a full-on stage presence that has seen her headlining music festivals coast to coast as well as Canada’s most popular and prestigious concert halls this award-winning singer-songwriter is a perfect match to Jim’s deeply soulful sound.

Marke Andrews of The Vancouver Sun states, “Gurr sings with a husky sensuality, delivering her lyrics with both urgency and warmth". Babe’s songwriting has received accolades, taking the win for the Sonic Bids Nashville Song Contest and garnering honourable mention for three self-penned tunes in the acclaimed Billboard World Song Contest “…putting her in the elite group of songwriters internationally” as contest director Mark Furnas said. Her tunes have been licensed for various shows including the FOX series Higher Ground. In addition Babe appeared on the television show Big Sound, playing an avant-garde lounge singer.

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Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents jim byrnes with Special Guest Babe Gurr, Thursday, June 23 at the Cascades Casino Resort Summit Theatre in Langley. Tickets are $42.50 (plus Facility Fee and Service Charges) from Casino Guest Services. Charge by phone at 604-530-2211 or online at Doors 7:00PM. Show 8:00PM.



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