THIS EIGHTH ALBUM from blues/roots artist Jim Byrnes is a testament to his talent and experience as a recipient of numerous music awards. Everywhere West starts off with the track “Hot As A Pistol”, a song so timeless you would expect it to be one of the great blues standards. The album seamlessly glides between blues and roots, making use of at least 20 different instruments throughout. Growing up in St. Louis, an underage Byrnes began his blues education with “field trips” to hear some of the genre’s greatest play live. Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King are just a few of his early inspirations, and later in life, Byrnes would have a chance to share the stage with artists whose blues careers dated back to the 1920s. With piano riffs that tickle your spine, timeless lyrics, and a sympathetic Mississippi sax, Everywhere West is a must-have for any contemporary blues fan.