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First Things First

by Jim Halfpenny

Folk Rock/Adult Alternative/Pop
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pentagrams
3:58 $0.99
2. The Rooster's Gone
3:17 $0.99
3. Good Friends
3:55 $0.99
4. First Things First
4:07 $0.99
5. Nowhere Town
3:34 $0.99
6. The Roadway
3:59 $0.99
7. Paul Revere's
3:21 $0.99
8. That's You Leavin'
4:19 $0.99
9. Severe Weather
2:56 $0.99
10. Skeleton Boy
3:54 $0.99
11. Walkabout
3:31 $0.99
12. Demolition Days
4:58 $0.99
13. The Long Bar
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
If you can imagine Bob Dylan inviting Glenn Phillips, Steve Earle, Chris Isaak, Dave Matthews and the Wallflowers over for enchiladas, imported beer and social debate then you have a good grasp on the direction Jim Halfpenny is taking with his music. Folk/Roots meets Alternate Adult/Pop/Rock. Sometimes gritty. Sometimes sweet. At times humorous. Other times stingingly close to the heart. The emphasis is always on good, solid songwriting and generating an original atmosphere around a familiar sound. The result is earthy, yet polished.

Jim Halfpenny is a multi-published BMI songwriter and a successful film composer with over 20 feature films to his credit. Jim "escaped" Los Angeles in 2002 and relocated to the Hill Country just southwest of Austin, Texas. After taking some time to check out the Austin music scene Jim teamed up with drummer, Brandon Storms to form the nucleus of the Jim Halfpenny Band and soon after they were joined by bassist Ryan Lindsay, guitarist Hunter Dryden and multi-instrumentalist Jon Kemppainen, who had played with the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

The band spent the first three months of 2006 putting the final touches to their first CD. All the recording was tracked in Jim's facility, Back Forty Studios, in the Austin Hill Country. The mix was done at Wire Recording in Austin by Stuart Sullivan who has worked for such artists as Shawn Colvin, James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, Eric Johnson and Sublime. A number of his mixes have earned platinum records. While working with Jim and the band on their project Sullivan made this comment about their sound, “The music is like a nice warm towel…you just want to wrap yourself all up in it.”

The resulting CD, First Things First, was released in May of '06 and has already garnered excellent reviews. Maria Mesa, of Austin Daze Magazine, wrote in her column for the June '06 issue, "Halfpenny writes deep thought provoking lyrics...one of the better singer/songwriter albums to come my way." One single off the album, Severe Weather, was recently selected out of hundreds of submissions to be among KUT Radio's first ever Texas Music Matters Playlist.

In 2010 the Jim Halfpenny Band released their second CD, TRUTH TRUST & OTHER GHOSTS. Currently The Jim Halfpenny Band is playing locally and regionally to promote their music which is getting substantial airplay on AMA radio stations from caost-to-coast.



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Maria Mesa - Austin Daze Magazine

Halfpenny writes deep, thought provoking lyrics...one of the better singer/songw
This little gem is one of the better singer/songwriter albums that have come my way. Jim Halfpenny and his band have created a well rounded package that seems to have everything well in check. Catchy songwriting, experienced musicianship, and a quality well-polished production. Instrumentation includes soprano sax, mandolin, accordion, violin, and fretless bass for added depth.

Halfpenny writes deep, thought provoking lyrics. "Like the cradle and the hearse, first things first" is a great way of saying death is just another beginning. The opening song "Pentagrams" has lines like: "She goes in 5 directions like the points on a pentagram, and when I look for haven in her eyes, I just see reflections of the fool I am." The insert contains complete lyrics with landscape photography and cool graphics.

With it's musically KGSR friendly feel it's a bit hard to categorize. Bluesy pop rock with a bit of Texas twang comes close. A dash of Americana? Sure, why not. Most songs are good, but my favorite is the final bonus track "The Long Bar". A great classic drinking song and an ode to friends and family no longer with us, it wraps the disc up nicely. While he is also deeply involved in soundtrack work in his backyard hill country studio, Jim Halfpenny's time would be better spent on projects like this.


Great Music
A great debut CD. Brings together a wide range of styles very nicely.


Merging sounds make for an awesome debut
There's a little something for everyone on this CD. The music cannot be broken down into one genre and that's what makes it fantastic, but there's a commonality amongst the songs with their humor, depth, and sincerity. The music keeps you on your toes with its changes and, yet, makes you feel like you're listening to an old friend. Cannot wait to see what's next for this band!


I listen to the band for the first time about a month ago in Austin.
I listen to the band for the first time about a month ago in Austin. I purchased the cd then and listened to it for about three weeks straight! I love it! The arragements are great and the lyrics are beautiful. My very two favorite songs are Walkabout and The Long Bar.
I cannot wait for the next cd!


You will love this CD. Great talent, great music. More, more, more!!!