The Rickshaw presents
Jim Byrnes Birthday Bash III
with guests The Sojourners, Old.Soul.Rebel
Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Doors: 7 pm
Tickets: $16 adv (plus fees)
Red Cat Records, Red Cat Records — Hastings, Neptoon Records, Highlife Records, ZuluRecords Store
Jim Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri – that’s blues country. He grew up on the city’s north side. One of the neighbourhood bars had Ike and Tina Turner as the house band. As a teenager going to music clubs, he and his buddy were often the only white people in the place. “We never had any problems. We were too naïve, and had too much respect for the music and culture – they knew it, they could tell.”
By age thirteen, Jim was singing and playing blues guitar. His first professional gig was in 1964. Over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual who’s who of the blues. From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray, Jim has been on the blues highway for 45 years.
Byrnes moved to Vancouver, BC in the mid-70s after years of drifting, working odd jobs and playing music. In 1981 he put together a band that became a staple of the local music scene. His evocative, smoky vocals are found in a truth that doesn’t come overnight
When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Vancouver based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone a few years ago to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some back up vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next. From the moment Mosely and his pals, Will Sanders and Ron Small, stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and – as they say – the rest is history.
Formative years spent singing in the churches of Mosely, Small, and Sanders’, hometowns – Ralls, Texas, Chicago, Illinois and Alexandria, Louisiana respectively – give The Sojourners’ sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel – blessed with a soul that can’t be faked.
While it wouldn’t exactly be right to call The Sojourners a new act – given that each member of the group has been in the music business for around fifty years – the sound, energy, and commitment they conjure any time they get together would be the envy of singers half their ages.
Based out of Vancouver B.C, Old.Soul.Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. Often accompanied by famed drummer, Kenan Sungar, they offer a raw blend of original soul music and bad ass rock n roll. Formed in August of 2015, OSR has graced many stages across North America in there short year together. They have been a regular feature on CBC radio, CKUA Radio, Whistler FM, Vancouver Coop Radio and Victoria Campus Radio. They have shared stages with renowned talents Iskwe, Aida Victoria, Rae Spoon, Kinnie Starr, No Sinner, Pack A.D. Old.Soul.Rebel will be embarking on a 2017 European / Canadian tour to promote there self titled album, «Old.Soul.Rebel»