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by Jim Armstrong

Superb songwriting served on an Alt-Country/Rock platter and garnished with a little Roots, Americana and AC.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Heaven Only Knows
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2. Mudtown
4:01 $0.99
3. I'm Coming Home
3:42 $0.99
4. Oxygen Kiss (mudtown remix)
3:44 $0.99
5. Gypsy
3:27 $0.99
6. She Spins Around
3:47 $0.99
7. Two Shooting Stars
3:34 $0.99
8. Hole In His Heart
3:38 $0.99
9. Tomorrow's Gonna Be Grand
3:14 $0.99
10. Happier Times
4:13 $0.99
11. Rhythm Of The Moon
4:21 $0.99
12. When It Rains
4:30 $0.99
13. Angel In Our Corner (mudtown remix)
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jim Armstrong -- Mudtown

Mudtown is a straight ahead alt-roots-rock album that shoots from the hip and aims at the heart. With his first solo CD, Mudtown, Toronto-based musician Jim Armstrong has crafted a collection of thirteen songs with musical and emotional hooks that stick unshakably with the listener. Released through Sonic Deli Records (sonicdelirecords.com) on May 10, 2007.

Armstrong is an accomplished singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has spent many years performing (drummer and/or front man), developing and producing indie artists, as well as writing and recording for corporate clients. He has also scored films such as Canton Film Studios' The Adulterer's Guide to Toronto (2007). Now, he's stepping authoritatively in front of the curtain to unveil Mudtown, his solo debut.

The title and driving spirit of Mudtown were born during Armstrong's wanderings through downtown Toronto, where he lives, works and walks his dogs. Armstrong explains, "Life can be dirty, rough and mean, but there's a breed of people who struggle against the grind and somehow keep their humanity. They don't get hard, like the city, and that's what makes Mudtown livable."

"Jim is a genuine hero, an inspiration to all who are faithful to their art." — Andy Frank, CIUT

He defends the underdog through his music by dispelling the modern myth of perfection. This is an album that the working class will understand. He writes songs about real characters from everyday life, singing their stories with passion.

Early reviews of Armstrong's new material have already drawn comparisons to the master singer-songwriters of Americana roots-rock — Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and Canada's own Fred Eaglesmith — in that their music shares a working-class sensibility and honesty.

Straightforward but rock-solid guitar, bass and drums dominate the tracks. Musical chops are provided by Armstrong himself (guitar, drums, keys, harmonica and more), unshakable bassist Wes Miller, backup vocalist Rob Maurin, and a roster of guests on backing vocals (Debbie Shessel, Amer Diab, Jennifer Claveau) and on lead guitar including Bruce Dies, Ron Bechard, Kenji Miura (aka Kenmi Chank) and Phil Kane. Up-tempo tracks like "She Spins Around," sentimental tunes like "I'm Coming Home," and the sing-along "Gypsy" are gestures to mainstream rock-pop. The image-rich "When it Rains" broods darkly in an alt-rock corner, while "Heaven Only Knows" is a rock-and-roll adrenaline kick.


Jim Armstrong -- Select media and testimonials:

AmericanaOK host Tom Fahey says [of Mudtown] "...this album is a real grower...that's a very beautiful song there, Tomorrow's Gonna Be Grand, from a very fine album indeed.”

Rene Leverink, AltCountryNL: “…let’s not beat around the bush; “Mudtown” is a beautiful record…”

Jan Janssen, Real Roots Café: “…Armstrong reveals that he is not only a skilled songwriter but also a fine multi-instrumentalist and producer…beautiful radio songs…this is almost an hour of pure rock and roll adrenalin kick…”

Benny Metton, CtrlAltCountry: “…with Mudtown he [Armstrong] steps out onto the floor and he does so particularly well…brings to mind the work of masters Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seeger, Tom Petty and compatriot Fred Eaglesmith.”

Chris White, publisher, Party In Kingston: “… Mudtown is 13 highly clever tracks…witty lyrics, innuendos and inspiring messages…closest to a conceptual album I’ve heard in years…highly recommended for your audio library.”

Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues: “…Armstrong is vibrant, fresh and enthusiastic…I haven’t heard an album that sounds this crisp, with such spectacular production, in a long time…”

Todd Wachtel, The Jersey Toddshow: I can't stop playing this album [Mudtown]. I highly recommend it. Jim's got a wonderfully unique feel to him, and sets a fantastically cool mood.

Bert Gagnon, Neon Productions Radio, Musictogousa.com “…Even though this is Jim Armstrong's first solo album, Jim is no novice to the music arena and it is very apparent as he has hit a homerun his first time out. Here is another artist that will be on our playlists for many years.”

Andy Frank, CIUT 89.5 FM: “"Freed of some of the shackles of epilepsy, this gifted song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, with shades of Waits and Bachman, played his first live gig (post-op) at Healey's… Jim is a genuine hero, an inspiration to all who are faithful to their art.”

Myrocia Watamaniuk, television host for Rogers Daytime Toronto: “When Jim sings, you know he’s singing from his heart.”

Keith Ross Leckie, Emmy and Gemini award-winning writer/producer (Lost In The Barrens, Journey Into Darkness, The Arrow): “Over the years Jim Armstrong's music continues to surprise and entertain me. His first album "Brown Bag Lunch" revealed a strong and confident talent as a musician, singer, songwriter and arranger in different genres. And now his new album, "Mudtown", fulfills that promise again. I find myself looking for films to make that can take advantage of Jim's accomplished music.”

E. Thomas Canton, Director/Producer: "As the director and producer … I found that working with Jim Armstrong and Andrea Poulis was not a matter of simply that the songs and the music created for The Adulterers’ Guide to Toronto were without a doubt Oscar caliber … I dare anyone not to agree with me."

Jon Long (of the national Long & McQuade musical instruments stores): "Jim is an incredibly talented musician. His music needs to be heard."

(of earlier release, Brown Bag Lunch):

EYE Magazine [re: Brown Bag Lunch]: “If straight ahead, Q107-style radio rock bore more critical currency than lo-fi indie pop, Sonic Deli's unbroken social scene, documented on this label compilation, would be the one we're hearing about.” — Howard Druckman

Mark Papousek, Y101 Today's Best Country: "After having had the chance to listen to the “Brown Bag Lunch” CD a few times, I am impressed with the songs and the artists. I am sure that we will be hearing some of them on the airwaves very soon."

The Spill Magazine [re: Brown Bag Lunch]: “The Sonic Deli is not a band. No, they are rather a unique collective of Toronto musicians, banded together in pursuit of better living through art … and while there are obvious differences stylistically between the artists, a common thread holds them all together…” — Cameron Gordon


The smell of earth comes up thick, heavy like the dark ground. This is an unvarnished place, dirty and small but pure and simple, and with an uneasy peace -- not like a dam that's about to break, but like the site of a battle on the day after the truce. Things are better, but it's hard to trust providence when you're used to looking over your shoulder.

We've done our time, each of us in our own way. On the road, on the run, on a wing and a prayer, and now, here, there's something new. Life is hard, but in the raw and rugged existence there's the promise of…something. Triumphs are small, but don't it feel big? This is no paradise, but there's possibility. A man could plant himself here.

Welcome to Mudtown.


Mudtown Credits:

Recorded at The Sonic Deli Inc., Toronto, Canada
Producer: Jim Armstrong
All tracks arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered by Jim Armstrong and Wes Miller
Executive Producers: Paul T. Armstrong and Andrea Poulis
Production Coordinator/Management: Andrea Poulis
CD Artwork/Concept/Photography: Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets of Blue Sky Studios, Toronto, Canada
Additional Photography: Ingram Barrs of Ingram Barrs Photography, Toronto, Canada
Editorial: Rob Maurin
Publicity: Jennifer Claveau of SPEAKmusic, Toronto, Canada
Manufacturing: Digital Media Alliance, Vancouver, Canada

All drums, lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar, keys, instrumentation, programming and digital editing by Jim Armstrong except where noted.
Bass guitar: Wes Miller on all tracks except 9
Lead/rhythm guitar: Bruce Dies on track 13; Ron Bechard on track 5; Kenji Miura (aka Kenmi Chank) on tracks 1,12; Phil Kane on tracks 2, 4
Background vocals: Rob Maurin on tracks 2, 5, 7,11; Amer Diab on track # 13; Debbie Shessel on tracks 7,11; Jennifer Claveau on tracks 8, 9, 10


Jim is backed by The Sonic Deli Band which includes the incredibly talented Jeff Beauchamp on bass (XMEN, Vince Gill, Jason McCoy, Lee Roy Parnell, The Meteors, Honeymoon Suite...); drummer Alvin Lapp, (who did a 3 year stint with Buddy Guy, and has done studio and tour support with The Jayhawks, Jackson Browne, Colin James, Goo Goo Dolls, The Quakes…); and Phil Kane aka the Windsor Twister (Jeff Healey, Michael Buble, Gordy Johnson(Big Sugar), Steve Lukather(Toto), Jaymz Bee...) on lead guitar.


More on Jim Armstrong & Sonic Deli Records:

Jim Armstrong is the core and catalyst of The Sonic Deli Inc / Sonic Deli Records, a Toronto-based music production house and independent record label. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer and producer, Armstrong began his musical career as a touring drummer at age 10.

Over the past three decades, his work has included; live performances, radio play, extensive songwriting with and for a number of artists, recording, engineering, arranging and producing independent commercial releases.

Together with his songwriting and business partner, Andrea Poulis, who has a background in film production, Jim Armstrong composes independent film scores and they have an extensive publishing catalogue available for film and television licensing.


The Adulterer's Guide to Toronto; independent feature film by Canton Film Studios
Release: 2007 Dstr: White Night Studios (all original score, all music placement)

The Taste of Fear; independent feature film by Canton Film Studios
Release: in post production (all original score, all music placement)

The Happy Couple; independent feature film – Distributor/Producer John Hamilton
Release: unreleased (all original replacement score, all new music placement)

The Gatehouse; corporate promotional/educational 20 minute short for Blue Sky Studios
Release: in post production (all original score, all music placement)

All Along; (2007) A Robert Angelo Masciantonio Film - Apprentice Productions (dist: tba) track: Hole In His Heart by Jim Armstrong & Jennifer Claveau


Brown Bag Lunch (2005) Sonic Deli Records; 18 tracks, 11 award winning artists and guest musicians (JUNO, SOCAN, CMT, NSAI) co-written, arranged, engineered and produced by Jim Armstrong.
All tracks in rotation.

Mudtown (2007) Sonic Deli Records; Jim Armstrong's solo CD release – written, performed, arranged, engineered and produced by Jim Armstrong

Various independent CD projects, demo work, consultations, corporate jingles/theme songs, collaborations with both emerging and established artists and bands


The Sonic Deli Inc./ Sonic Deli Records is a full music production house and independent record label based in the High Park neighbourhood of Toronto, Canada. The Sonic Deli has an extensive publishing catalogue available.

Please visit our website at www.sonicdelirecords.com or contact us at info@sonicdelirecords.com, or 416-535-5896.



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Theo Selles

A 12 year old boy's take on Mudtown
My 12 year old son and I listened to Mudtown together after I told him about seeing the CD release show at Cadillac Lounge. My son is at the age where he's automatically skeptical of any music his dad might like. He now selects it on his own and insists that we play it in the car on our travels. He's not particularly verbal about anything these days, but he says it's "cool" and it makes him think. He and I had an amazing conversation about "Hole in His Heart" because we agreed the tenor of the song seemed so unique, like the singer was whispering, in a way like he was sharing a secret. My son said it was like "he's (The Singer) talking about himself". The whole CD is indeed incredibly cool and the value of the conversation that it inspired will linger on.

Jersey Todd

I can't stop playing this album. I highly recommend it. Jim's got a wonderfully unique feel to him, and sets a fantastically cool mood.

Bubba of Outlaw Punk

If this was a LP, I would be worried about grinding my needle off just listening
(email received from Bubba @ Outlaw Punk Cowboy Show & posted with permission)
I got the CD's and wow what an album. Excellent chops driving grooves. The lyrics are visually poetic and inspiring. The "Oxygen Kiss" remix is so good. Gypsy, what a great song. Catchy and impassioned. Two Shooting Stars is a Paean Love Anthem. I am on my third time through. If this was a LP, I would be worried about grinding my needle off just listening to this album. Thanks so much for letting me enjoy this album. I will defiantly share this with some lucky fans. Bubba