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November 16th, 2010 is the date scheduled for release of Everywhere West, the latest album from award-winning Canadian roots-and-blues artist Jim Byrnes. This is Byrnes' fourth album for Black Hen Music, and his eighth release overall, Everywhere West a collection of original material and choice covers and a logical follow-up to Byrnes' acclaimed 2008 release, My Walking Stick.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Byrnes was actually born in St. Louis, Missouri and holds dual U.S./Canadian citizenship. While growing up St. Louis, the city a hotbed of blues and R&B music, Byrnes was surrounded and influenced by artists like Muddy Waters, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and the great Chuck Berry. These rich, diverse influences come to bear on Everywhere West, with Byrnes covering such songs as the Mississippi Sheiks' great "Bootlegger's Blues," Robert Johnson's "From Four Until Late," and Lowell Fulson's "Black Nights" as well as songs from Bobby "Blue" Bland, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, and Howlin' Wolf, among others.
Everywhere West also features a number of songs written by Byrnes and his longtime collaborator, musician, producer, and Black Hen label head Steve Dawson, and was mostly recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs. Esteemed as an artist and musician in his adopted homeland, Byrnes has won two coveted Juno Awards for "Blues Album of the Year" for 1995's That River and 2006's House of Refuge, as well as a 2006 Maple Blues Award as "Male Vocalist of the Year."
The multi-talented Byrnes is also an accomplished actor, appearing on TV and film in such series as CBS's Wiseguy, various Highlander TV series and films, and most recently, on the SyFy network series Sanctuary. Byrnes has also provided voice work for such animated series as X-Men: Evolution, Beast Wars: Transformers, and Stargate Infinity, among many more. Byrnes will be hitting the road in support of Everywhere West, touring clubs and festival dates in both North America and Europe.