Jim Bryson is a treasured singer-songwriter from Ottawa, voted Ottawa’s “Best Folk Band/Artist” in 2006.
His debut The Occasionals turned heads from in Canada and the UK, and Bryson became a regular at festival events around the country. He then released The North Side Benches in 2003 on Orange Records/Universal Music, which made several Top 10 lists (Billboard, No Depression, NOW Magazine) and received much critical acclaim.
Bryson joined Kelp for his third and best album, Where the Bungalows Roam, touring extensively in Europe, the US and Canada with Kathleen Edwards and the Weakerthans, both of whom added Jim as an auxiliary band member while on tour. Confessional and direct,Bungalows was a critical hit in Canada, heaping praise from newspapers and blogs alike:
Jim’s last few years have been a blur. As a member of The Kathleen Edwards band, he performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and played at Farm Aid 2005. He also toured with Howe Gelb in his Sno’ Angel band. His current employers are Canadian legends the Tragically Hip; Bryson is touring North America and Europe in 2009 as their keyboard player.
His most recent release, is a live recording made in Winter 2008 called Live at the First Baptist Church, chronicling a memorable night at what has become one of Ottawa’s preferred live concert settings.
In between Tragically Hip live dates, Jim is hard at work on his fifth studio album, which should see release on Kelp in 2010.
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