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Jimmy Zee has been a solid player in the music business for more than 25 years. He has released six albums of his original songs through various incarnations, and his unmistakable bluesy soulful voice is Jimmy’s musical trademark.
Zee’s vocals approximate a cross between Joe Cocker after a carton of Lucky Strikes and Robbie Robertson’s latter spoken style. He has garnered airplay on key stations across North America and Europe, and has been nominated for Blues Recording of the Year for “Devil Take Me Down” (2010).
His stripped-down, oh-so-bluesy remake of Sweeney Todd’s Roxy Roller on that disc was declared one of the Top 10 remakes of all time by the Toronto Star.
John Valenteyn, Toronto Blues Society’s top critic, declared “Jimmy Zee’s new release, Ride, is an enjoyable trip that takes on all the usual suspects: whiskey, evil women and life on the road. Happily, the expressively gritty vocal work and loose-limbed funky feel these guys put down is a perfect case in point for their dead-on run at Rush’s Working Man. Recommended!”
Without any doubt, Jimmy Zee’s Ride is not only a musical adventure but is also a “bruising, blistering slice of roadhouse blues heaven” says The Province’s Tom Harrison.
This new album, Jimmy’s first for the Warner Music affiliate Pacific Music, is another gem for the indie label. With a booming voice and compelling stage presence, Jimmy Zee is now ranked among the leading performers in electric blues and was a highlight at Calgary’s International Blues Festival this summer.
“I’ve spent probably more time in smoky bars than most”, says Jimmy , but despite the rough theme and hard knocks of an extended musical career in blues, Jimmy’s positive attitudes and charisma flow from the stage and captivate all who hear his infamous smoky growl.
Music industry insiders know Jimmy Zee through his writing and production credits, having placed songs with John Michael Montgomery, Aaron Tippin, Diamond Rio and Neil McCoy in addition to several movie placements.
The sound is gritty blues-rock with a funky bottom, yet it maintains both smooth jazz and new blues undertones while featuring solos reminiscent of great classic rock. The greasiness and dirt comes from Zee’s gravelly vocals, yet the songs are full of memorable melodies.
“I like the studio because you’re working for sound, but I love the stage even more because the thrill of performing can take you to so many dangerous new places!”
Don’t miss Jimmy Zee and his kick-ass band when they play live.