"His voice is mature and expressive and he sings with sensitivity and restraint"
"Jim Byrnes continues to defy the hands of time and produce work of sterling quality."
"The album may be called Long Hot Summer Days – but this is laid back blues and R&B for any season, or any era."
"This is a excellent collection. He has a simple philosophy: ‘tell a story and touch people’s hearts’. Mission accomplished."
"Do whatever it takes to add this to your collection."
"A fully realized collection of songs, originals and covers, all tuned to his strengths."
"St Louis born Jim Byrnes is a true thespian, blessed with a soothing baritone and the dramatic skills that would allow him to sing the phone book to high praise."
"Singer/guitarist Jim Byrnes serves up warm-hearted, brawny-voiced renditions of a wide range of covers, and, considering the highly distinctive and personalized nature of some of the original versions, the St. Louis-bred, Vancouver based Byrnes shows no small measure of nerve."
"An entirely pleasurable experience, recommended to Daptone fans everywhere."
"If it's the blues that you love, the blues tinged with a smoky New Orleans night and a little Americana thrown in for good measure, then Long Hot Summer Days may well be the album to get you through the long, dark nights of the winter to come."
"Byrnes is exceptional throughout and the backup—especially the horn section and a gospel vocal trio called the Sojourners—is icing on the cake."
"Byrnes may well be the best vocalist many of you have never heard. For him to admit that he has never sung like this, makes this offering that much more special. His voice will touch your soul."
"...“Long Hot Summer Days” is about more than looking to the past. It finds inspiration in history, yes, but it is the work of a man who even after 50 years, has plenty to offer the future."
"Five decades in the blues business, Jim Byrnes still sounds all fired up. If anything, his recorded output just keeps on improving as he and producer Steve Dawson find more ways to give this talented singer/guitarist a forum for his deeply soulful vocals."
"Jim Byrnes shows that he just might be the next singer-songwriter you mention to all your friends."
"Music and in particular the Blues has clearly been in Jim Byrnes blood as it appears to be one of the constants in his life."
"This is Blues delivered with soul, for those who like it ‘like it used to be.'"
"There are soul-based covers, straight blues and modern twists on tradition all confidently and expertly delivered from a guy who, on the evidence here, is currently working pretty much at the top of the league."