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Jimmy and the Sleepers

by Jimmy and the Sleepers

Alberta's best kept secret (so far) delivers gritty, no-nonsense, genuine house rockin' blues that's guaranteed to stir you soul. Check it out.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snakes
3:48 $0.99
2. The blues seem to follow me
3:12 $0.99
3. Oopin' doopin' doopin'
2:27 $0.99
4. Not gettin' up
3:09 $0.99
5. Gotta move
3:58 $0.99
6. Come on
2:55 $0.99
7. I feel so bad
3:36 $0.99
8. Make a little love
3:37 $0.99
9. Standing around crying
6:39 $0.99
10. Sugar coated love
3:48 $0.99
11. Cricket boogie
4:04 $0.99
12. You were wrong
4:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-Jimmy and the Sleepers are a gritty, no-nonsense, genuine house rockin' blues band that has been making a splash on the Western Canadian blues scene. Since the release of their self-titled CD, (available here now) Jimmy and the Sleepers have been smoldering mostly underground, but are more ready than ever to burn out of the frozen Alberta north and showcase their Edmonton-styled blues to the world. For years, Edmonton has had a modest, but reverent blues scene which has fostered a blues sound perhaps a little more traditional. Maybe its those long, cold Canadian Prairie winters whose bone-chillin' winds blow like that of Lake Michigan, whose winds chilled Chicago in the early days of electric blues. Whatever it is, the blues is alive in Edmonton and Jimmy and the Sleepers are disciples of the sound and dedicated to it's roots. Unofficially, the group has been performing together for years as the backup band of choice for an impressive list of blues artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Backing such artists as Lazy Lester, Jody Williams, (Howlin' Wolf) Larry Garner, Jimmy Burns, Little Mike, and Big Dave McLean (to name only a few) they have honed their skills as sidemen and are ready to contribute their own confident, edgy sound. Led by veteran blues guitarist Jimmy Guiboche, the band is poised and ready to support their latest release which has been praised by listeners and critics alike and has had regular play on CBC, CKUA, Galaxie, college radio, along with modest radio play in Europe. They also enjoyed time on both the CKUA charts, and Megatunes top 30 sellers list for several weeks. So when the mood strikes, and you wanna here some genuine, rippin' Canadian prairie blues, look no further. Buy it now! Thanks!

* The Edmonton Sun (Sun., December 11,2005.)

Jimmy and the Sleepers
SB Records
4 out of 5

The old axiom is that if you want something done right, you do it yourself.
In the case of Edmonton guitar ace Jim Guiboche (pronounced Ge-Bosh), that means producing the debut disc for his local band, playing lead throughout... and having the humility to realize a band leader is only as good as his supporting cast.
The result is stunningly impressive.

Guiboche, who had help from an angel investor, has spared no expense in putting out a kicking, top quality release, replete with the obligatory guest star in the form of Big Dave McLean.
Flash and packaging only go so far, however, and the music has to stand on it's own.

So far So good. Jimmy and the sleepers is as good as any of the better major label releases I've seen this year, and better than most.(And I should note, the thank you in the liner notes to yours truly wasn't noticed until after the review was finished. Note to other independents: Don't plug journalists. It makes it look like their taking sides.)
It's a kicking mix of Chicago style blues, blending Guiboche's reverby tone with some excellently phrased harp from Dave (Crawdad) Cantera.
Solid rhythm is provided by Chris Brzezicki (the first z is silent folks) on upright bass and Grant stovel on drums. The vocals are handled in able - and occasionally downright inspiring - fashion by Guy Gagne, better known around here as Big Guy Slim.

They kick it off with a homage to reptiles on the James Harmon tune Snakes, which surprisingly is one of the few songs in which Slim is less than imposing.
It might've been a better idea to start with the second cut, which is listed as The Blues Seem to Follow Me (a title for the same cut used by Little Milton), but it is actually Jimmy Johnson's classic I Have the Same Old Blues, done most famously in the 60's by Chicago guitar wiz Magic Sam. It's a smoking shuffle and guarenteed toe-tapper.
McLean's deep growl take over on the excellent original Not Gettin' Up, a lament for anyone who's tried to avoid the sheer inevitability of getting out of bed and facing the day.
It's as good an original cut as I've heard this year, right up there with Mitch Kashmar's Nickels and Dimes and Chris Mawer's Paying the Price. Slim matches that performance on the pacey-but-faithful Eddie Taylor nugget, I Feel So Bad.

The downsides: (and there always are one or two): the mix is sometimes guitar-heavy, although it's a quibbling point, because it's all good.
At times, Slim sounds a little less confident than he is when belting it out at Bues on Whyte. And new arrangements aside, here's hoping the second disc includes more original material- although Cricket Boogie, the band's instumental, was impressive.
On the whole, though, it's a stunning sucess: a true blast of Chicago blues that'll impress anyone, from the Windy City to winter Winnipeg and all points around.

Jeremy Loome

* Excerpt from The Edmonton Journal (Thurs., Dec 15,2005)

"this is a hard-hitting tight ensemble that prides itself on dispensing a sound that combines muscular grooves and economical, yet powerful solos with intense interplay.
It's a blues band in the truest sense of the term. You won't find any rock or fusion influences in the recipe that Jimmy and the sleepers cook up."

Peter North (writer, music promoter, CKUA music director)

* "Thanks for sending me that Jimmy and the Sleepers-fantastic guitar!! I won't forget these guys"

Kevin Johnson,
Director of Promotion
Delmark Records



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dan silljer

Jimmy & The Sleepers
This is a great CD, not sure why they call themselves The Sleepers? Very high energy !!!
As host of a Blues show on CJTR, Regina Community Radio, this CD gets regular airplay on my show.
Exactly what I was expecting, kind of Fabulous Thunderbirds/Little Charlie and the Night Cats sound. Gotta like the stand up bass AND when Big Dave McLean shows up on a CD you know it's going to be good. Hoping they make it to REGINA'S MID-WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL one of these years.

Pastor Dan
World Of Blues
CJTR, Regina Community Radio (91.3 FM)
Regina Sk