Jim Reynolds | Somewhere Near The Big Tree

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Somewhere Near The Big Tree

by Jim Reynolds

A Berkshire County musician fusing an Indie Rock sound with Americana influences. Catchy melodies, lyrics, and choruses will have you singing these songs long after you\'ve heard them the first time. Versatile vocals and solid musicianship.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Avenue
4:12 album only
2. Something Emily Said
3:58 album only
3. Another Lazy Sunday Afternoon
2:55 album only
4. I Like Loving You
4:06 album only
5. A Brilliant Tune (?)
4:40 album only
6. Broken-Hearted Serenade
5:44 album only
7. Northern Girl / Southbound Train
3:17 album only
8. When It Stops Raining
4:31 album only
9. Wendy
3:21 album only
10. Shelter In The Night
3:43 album only
11. Taking My Heart Back
4:48 album only
12. Epilogue: An Irish Trenody
4:09 album only


Album Notes
I am a local musician who has been playing around Berkshire County, Massachusetts since the mid-eighties. Though I have been working on this CD for the past seven years, it has always been a dream of mine to record my own music. This project has been a long journey in the making. When my popular local band WISHFUL THINKING decided to called it quits back in the fall of 2001, I began working in a studio for a couple years; that studio ended up shutting down and I ended up losing all the recordings I had put down. I moved the project to another studio and began work anew.

In the past seven years, I have been working on my career as a high school English teacher, I have married, bought a house, and presently have five children under five years old (Logan 4 ½, Lily and Livia [twins!] 3, Liam 2, Luna 3 months). The CD has been recording in-between these significant life experiences. Most of the songs on the CD were written in the late 80’s through the 90’s. To me, my CD is a testament my belief in sticking to goals/dreams even though the time-table toward actualizing them may be longer than one expects.

My early music influences were Johnny Cash (my father‘s 8-tracks) and Buddy Holly (my aunt’s influence). Once I heard The Beatles, I was changed forever. In fact The Beatles saved my life--but that’s a story for another time. As I grew up, I listened to a vast array of music groups, my favorites being The Kinks, The Band, Neil Young, John Hiatt, and Elvis Costello. I have recently acquired a love for Americana music; from The Jayhawks, Wilco, and Ryan Adams, to more pop Americana bands like the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers. I have also been influenced by many local artists as well. All these influences can be heard of the record, which I put in the Indie-rock category.

“Somewhere Near the Big Tree”: the songs
“Love Avenue” (a funky, bluesy number) has a Rev Tor Band / Bluestars feel to it (maybe from the presence of Steve Ide and Rev Tor Krautter on the track). “Something Emily Said” is my ode to Emily Dickinson, to whom I turned to after the dissolution of a relationship (written in a Counting Crows acoustic style). “Another Lazy Sunday Afternoon” is a testament to the life of a melancholy, cynical musician the day after a late night Saturday gig. “I Like Loving You” is my tribute to all the three-chord fifties and sixties songs. “A Brilliant Tune(?)” is a cheeky ditty about the frustrations of trying to write a song of substance. “Broken-hearted Serenade” is a laid-back song about lost love (my Wallflowers influence is heard here). “Northern Girl/Southbound Train” is a bittersweet melodic song with has shades of Neil Young. “When it Stops Raining” has a Santana feel to it (due to Rev Tor’s sustained guitar tone). “Wendy” (the oldest song on the disc) was written about the first girl I ever kissed (innocently) in first grade who moved away abruptly, leaving me to wonder where she ended up. “Shelter in the Night” is an eerie grunge song (written before grunge became a music category) about overcoming loneliness. “Taking My Heart Back” is a desperate attempt of the persona to convince someone or himself that he has recovered from a heartache (tinges of John Hiatt). “Epilogue: An Irish Threnody” is a lonely piano dirge about an old woman. These twelve songs convey some of the emotional experiences I have encountered along my introspective journey to end up somewhere near the big tree.


Jim Reynolds has been on the music scene since the mid-eighties. In 1987, he co-founded the popular local band WISHFUL THINKING with his school friend Norm Stalker. His rock-solid bass playing, performance energy, and distinctive vocal style made him an essential part of the band throughout its fourteen-year reign. Besides being a member, he also worked as the band\' s manager, taking care of promotion, booking, set lists, and song selection.

With WISHFUL THINKING, he has played a number of Live Radio concerts including: PYX 106 Night with Mason & Sheehan, WBEC 105.5 Sunday Night Live, a live Summerfest Broadcast on WSBS, as well as their Sunday Live program. He shared the stage for events and performances with such local artists as David Grover and Shenandoah, The Bluestars, Steve Ide, and Arlo Guthrie. One of the highlights of his music career was warming up for Janis Jopin\'s former backing band BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY. He has performed at the Pittsfield\'s annual LIVE AT THE LAKE concerts and many other local events and venues.

While ensuring WISHFUL THINKING\'s success, Jim also worked on a number of side projects with local friends and musicians including Sammy Brown, the Jason Webster Band, the Rev Tor Band, Matt Mervis, Chris Collins, and Tom Ingersoll. He has played bass on a number of local CD projects including Tom Ingersoll\'s Breakfast (1997) and Crunch (2003), Jason Webster\'s Sundays and Everything Else (1999), Todd Mack\'s Yonder The Big Blue Holler (2005), and Jude Mead\'s On The Loose (2008).

In 2002, Jim formed local \"super-group\" P.I.M.P. with Randy Cormier, Jason Webster, Dale Zavatter, and Mike Basiliere after a successful impromptu performance together at EASTOVER RESORT. The band plays a regular schedule of gigs there and at a number of local bars and venues.

In 2007, after becoming disillusioned with the waning local music scene, Jim established a new music endeavor called WILDCARD; this \"band\" is really a showcase of local talented musicians and a way to promote live local music. Reynolds explains: \"The concept is to assemble three other local established players (a drummer, a guitarist, and keyboard player -- or possibly two guitarists) and myself and converge on a place for an impromptu night of music. The four of us would see what material we all know collectively, create a set list, and become a band for the night.\" The players will be any number of the 45 local established musicians who have signed on to the project. Musicians will be scheduled to fit each type of venue and these musicians have decades of experience playing in the area in all types of situations. The result is a unique and extraordinary musical experience. In the future, Jim hopes to continue to create and play music and to strive to enhance the local music scene.



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