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by Jim Heald

An engaging mix of folk, rock, jazz and roots embracing the fullness of existence.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Juliet's On Fire
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2. Who's This Stranger
5:24 $0.99
3. Don't Know Where I'm Bound
3:56 $0.99
4. Barcelona
4:43 $0.99
5. It's Great 2b Alive
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6. I Had a Dream Last Night
4:18 $0.99
7. The Cool Midnight
4:12 $0.99
8. Takes Me Away
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9. Last Days of Summer
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10. Somebody Else's Problem
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11. Journey Into Light
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Album Notes
Discover why people are talking about the new CD from DC-area Folk-Rocker Jim Heald

Passionate kisses, a deserted beach and a dash of Django make it great to be alive; a pinch of Buddy Holly and everybody’s rockin. Lift up a rock, roll it away and you’ll find the Beatles (both early and late), and of course, Bob Dylan - deep down in the mix. More obviously, a kid from New Jersey following 60’s and 70’s folkies, singer-songwriters and folk rockers from the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield (through all their permutations) to Bruce Cockburn, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and David Wilcox. Barcelona or San Francisco? Summer of Love or 2015? Teenage Love. Romeo and Juliet. Youth or all that comes after?

Sprinkle in some Chicago-style with Michael Smith, Thom Bishop and Steve Goodman stirring in some more folk, rock and blues with a different spice. You hang on to those last days of summer as clouds roll in off the lake and you imagine the chill wind peeling the skin off your neck.

Drive down to Austin and spend a decade plus in the 80’s and 90’s playing alongside and hanging out listening to folks like Jimmy LaFave, David Rodriguez, James McMurtry, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale. Two times a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition along the way… Sometimes I don’t know where I’m bound and I get a little bit of the blues. And I look in the mirror sometimes and see a stranger there and wonder who it is and how he got in. Or I get in the car and just drive to get away from him, try to see it as somebody else’s problem. Throw away the maps and compass, ‘cause you don’t really want to know.

Sitting in a loft across the Potomac from Washington DC, twisting dials and listening to mixes. Records of a journey across space and time, hopefully a journey into light. A little reverb here, some more distortion on the guitar there. This is the first album of new recordings I’ve made in a while. Now that it’s done, I don’t know why it took so long, or I do, but those are mostly excuses. Technology and skills and, of course, money all played a part. But it’s been an energizing process. New found skills. New found hope. New direction. Shadows and light.

Dark Nights or Bright Sun?




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