Jay Sims | So Help Me

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So Help Me

by Jay Sims

From the Cajun-spiced first cut to the wrenching and poetic final track, Jay’s first effort soars, showcasing his versatility, humor and unique ability to record life’s experiences through the eyes of a true Texas troubadour.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Don't Let Me Go
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2. Hard Lonesome
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3. Lovin' You Beats All I've Ever Seen
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4. So Help Me
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5. Never Go To Tucson
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6. Who's Gonna Love You More
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7. For Awhile
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8. Water In The Fuel
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9. Old McDubya's Farm (The State of the Union)
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10. Livin' In My Head
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11. Huntsville 12:01
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I was born in Lubbock, Texas longer ago than I like to think about. What little growing up I've done was in the small Central Texas town of Goldthwaite. From there I went to school at The University of North Texas in Denton, where I studied little and learned much. It was here that I was introduced to jazz and progressive rock, as well as many types of world music. I played in many duos and trios during the college years.

After school, I made the fateful decision to move to Austin, Texas and make a career of music. As luck would have it, my first home there was a duplex, the other half of which was occupied by a couple of rowdy musicians. They were the foundation of my first band, as well as my partners in many dubious schemes and bad decisions. For these reasons, they shall remain nameless.

After struggling in Austin for a few years, I hopped around Colorado and Oklahoma, searching for something I've yet to identify. Then it was back to Lubbock, where I left mainstream country and rock music behind in favor of the
singer-songwriter life. After two moderately successful years in the Hub City, I decided to make another run at Austin. Shortly after arriving, I hooked up with a very cool acoustic band called Buck Forty-nine. Lots of fun and a couple of years later, I formed The Benders, a country-folk-roots-rock mishmash that included some of Texas' finest players. I am very thankful to have worked with
those guys.

Cities being what they are (subject to growth), and commercial radio being what it is (a joke), I left Austin for the Hill Country a couple of years ago. I now live just outside the village of Luckenbach.

My music is a somewhat chaotic mix of Texas country and folk, with a taste of rock thrown in for fun. I guess I never outgrew the adolescent urge to turn my electric guitar up really loud.

My influences include the usual suspects such as Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark, James McMurtry and The Baddest Of Them All, Steve Earle. Fred Eaglesmith is a new addition to the list.

I play all over Texas and this year I'll be touring England and parts of Europe, traveling to wherever there's a gig. I have been very fortunate to play some of the coolest venues in Texas. They include The Backyard and The Saxon Pub in Austin, Sons Of Hermann Hall in Dallas, Gruene Hall, Fitzwilly's in College Station and many less famous (but equally cool) smaller places. I have also played the Kerrville Folk Festival, Tommy Alverson's Texas Family Gathering, The KEOS Volunteer Jam and KFAN's Windows On Texas. It has been my honor to share the stage with wonderful artists such as Shake Russell and Dana Cooper, Fred Eaglesmith, Susan Gibson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Cosmic Dust Devils, Shelley King, Marcia Ball, Carey Swinney, Tim Steele, Mark Jungers and many more.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Give me a holler anytime, and come out to see me when you can.

J.

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David Kasperek

Yet another Austin musician I enjoy
Yeah I don't really write reviews. This is more like a recent slice of life...Was visiting Wimberly TX last week hoping to catch sight of Ray Wylie Hubbard- my favorite Austin guitar picker ( wishful thinking or what? ) Anyway in one of the many shops that sell interesting things I told the storekeeper why I was there. She immediately said well if you like Ray you just have to listen to this one particular CD because the artist is so good: Jay Sims “So Help Me” She offered to give me the CD when I picked it up and apparently looked indecisive. But me being the self consciously polite yank that I am I say “Oh no, I’ll pay you the ten dollars!”. So the CD gets packed in our suitcase as we were hanging out in Austin for several more days. Yesterday after a long train trip home to Pittsburgh I put the disc on and gave it a listen. I was not liking it at first and thought hmmm that lady got one over on me- not like Ray at all. But the more I listen to it...the more I listen to it! I really appreciate the musicianship, the songs, the way it was produced, and its a really good mix IMHO. So now despite the fact all my favorite musicians are already from the Austin Texas area, I have yet another. Could not find you on Facebook or your website so I thought I’d write. If you ever tour within 100 miles of Pittsburgh I’d pay to see you. Thanks for a great listen.
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