Jim Morris : Bocanuts

CD [Cover Art for Jim Morris / Bocanuts] Your Price: $28.26
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Sell date: 3/2009
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637405
CDC Part#: 1363069
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 Notes & Reviews
 
JIM MORRIS Jim Morris is an articulate singer/songwriter with a devotion to storytelling. Whether it is a thoughtful ballad about doomed love or an anthem to a night of drunken revelry, the listener can always count on well-crafted songs with carefully drawn characters, clever lyrics, and satirical charm. Although Jim's musical style is reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, he has a knack for defying categorization. He mixes a whimsical island sound with a splash of Texas to produce a sound that is uniquely Gulf and Western. Jim grew up in Georgia and Florida and has a heritage rich in music. His grandfather led a dance band, and everyone in the family either played an instrument or sang. At age 10 Jim taught himself to play the guitar by listening to Hank Williams records. After college while pursuing a career in human resources management, he continued to write songs and dream of the day when he could do it full-time. 'After I graduated, I wanted to be a drifter and a writer; instead, I settled for corporate executive and closet entertainer.' During his 15-year corporate career, his job allowed him to live in several interesting locales, such as Montana, New Orleans, St. Simons Island, and the Chesapeake Bay area, all of which would figure prominently in his writing. Following a business trip during which he renewed his love affair with the southwest coast of Florida, Jim took the leap he had been contemplating for some time and left the corporate world for good. Jim's initial plan was to write songs and play gigs around Florida. From the beginning he took a big risk by featuring original music. 'I spent about a year writing and developing a catalog of songs. I was unsure of my ability to sing and play the guitar professionally, but I thought my songs might separate me from the other performers.' A fortuitous meeting with recording artist Randy Matthews would result in Matthews producing Jim's first recording, 'Laid Back and Key Wasted,' released in 1996 by Fish Head Music. As you would expect, each song tells a story: the title track is about a guy who gives up the corporate world for the beach; one is about the exploits of a pilot who flies contraband; another is about roadkill and the people who collect it; others tell great stories of sailing, fishing, and drinking. 'After my first CD was released, I changed my focus. I stopped playing bars so much and I worked coffeehouses and bookstores. I wanted to play before a listening audience who might appreciate what I had to say. I made less money, but I started to develop a fan base.' Now those fans travel from all over the country to catch one of Jim's sold out shows. Hoping to capitalize on his ability to be a prolific songwriter, Jim decided to release a new CD every year. He saw this as another way to separate himself from other artists. In the eight years since 'Laid Back and Key Wasted' debuted, Jim has released eight additional studio CDs, three live CDs and two compilations. He found that he was capable of creating memorable stories in a variety of musical moods and settled on a formula that he was comfortable with and that people seem to enjoy: some tropical, some jazz, some country, some acoustic folk, and some humor. It certainly reflected his musical tastes. Although his CDs showcase a variety of musical styles, they have amazing continuity. With the success of each CD, the pressure grew to perform more outside the state of Florida. Although Jim wanted to be a 'lifestyle artist,' fishing by day and playing music by night, he also wanted to broaden his fan base which required him to travel more. He formed the Big Bamboo Band in order to capture the full sound of his CDs in live performances. Currently, Jim plays approximately 125 shows a year, with an almost 50/50 split between solo shows and band shows. Last year he played in 26 different states as well as Belize and the Bahamas. He explains, 'I have a collection of songs that is more conducive to a listening audience, and a collection that is more conducive to a hell-raising party crowd. I am a

 
 Tracks
 
Moonlight Sail
Thursday Afternoon at the Conch House Lounge
Road
New Orleans
She Sailed Away
Distance
Southward
Slice of the Island Life
Bocanuts
This Old Island
Beer Away From Leaving
It's Always Been That Way
I Live in My Car at the Don Cesar