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Jimni is a singer-songwriter duo comprised of Stacy Lynne Santilli and Jim Steiner. Their sound is organic, rugged and richly textured, inspired as much by the majestic Rocky Mountains they call home as they are by the unique inhabitants that roam these lonesome valleys.
Stacy and Jim began their collaborative journey as Jimni back in 2010. Having played together in numerous rock and roll bands since the early 2000s, the partnering was an easy fit and the creativity flows like the Wild Mile of the Flathead River during spring run-off.
Jimni released its self-titled debut in October 2012. The 13 song collection featured songs written by Jim over many years. They were handed over to Stacy Lynne, who added scintillating vocal embellishments, and some beautiful piano notes. Reviewer Matthew Forss of Ariel Publicity noted, 'the rustic guitars, folksy vocals, and stripped-down production showcase the duo’s strongest abilities of musicianship ... The vocals and guitar reach a magical place that is earthy, but surprisingly heavenly... oozes with folksy charm and lyrics that can only be invented with creative intelligence."
And Mariss McTucker, music reviewer for the Lively Times Arts and Entertainment magazine comments, "The spooky harmonies the duo sings show they are well-matched and tight, and Steiner’s emotional lead brings depth. Although Santilli could easily overpower this one, the sound is understated and just right. 'Rusted Crosses', inspired by the crosses along Highway 93, opens slowly with a bluesy, almost ominous feel. Steiner’s adept guitar work and harmonica lead the way on a tune that morphs into trouble at 3 a.m.: 'The reaper man’s been here too many years in a row.”'Way-cool bent vocal notes from both singers here!"
Shortly after the CD release, Stacy was diagnosed with a vocal nodule which meant no talking, let alone singing. With three months of healing time to fill, Stacy and Jim worked on honing their guitar chops and started writing some new tunes. With the summer sun came a flurry of gigs throughout the beautiful Mission Valley, playing for the hometown fans, along with visitors from near and far.
Autumn's arrival brought them back to the woodshed to brush off the dust and get back to writing. With a half-dozen new songs in their pocket and a few more in the works, Jimni is planning to get back into the studio in early 2014.