First Things First
If you can imagine Bob Dylan inviting Glenn Phillips, Steve Earle, Chris Isaak, Dave Matthews and the Wallflowers over for enchiladas, imported beer and social debate then you have a good grasp on the direction Jim Halfpenny is taking with his music. Folk/Roots meets Alternate Adult/Pop/Rock. Sometimes gritty. Sometimes sweet. At times humorous. Other times stingingly close to the heart. The emphasis is always on good, solid songwriting and generating an original atmosphere around a familiar sound. The result is earthy, yet polished. Jim Halfpenny is a multi-published BMI songwriter and a successful film composer with over 20 feature films to his credit. Jim 'escaped' Los Angeles in 2002 and relocated to the Hill Country just southwest of Austin, Texas. After taking some time to check out the Austin music scene Jim teamed up with drummer, Brandon Storms to form the nucleus of the Jim Halfpenny Band and soon after they were joined by bassist Ryan Lindsay, guitarist Hunter Dryden and multi-instrumentalist Jon Kemppainen, who had played with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The band spent the first three months of 2006 putting the final touches to their first CD. All the recording was tracked in Jim's facility, Back Forty Studios, in the Austin Hill Country. The mix was done at Wire Recording in Austin by Stuart Sullivan who has worked for such artists as Shawn Colvin, James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, Eric Johnson and Sublime. A number of his mixes have earned platinum records. While working with Jim and the band on their project Sullivan made this comment about their sound, "The music is like a nice warm towel...you just want to wrap yourself all up in it." The resulting CD, First Things First, was released in May of '06 and has already garnered excellent reviews. Maria Mesa, of Austin Daze Magazine, wrote in her column for the June '06 issue, 'Halfpenny writes deep thought provoking lyrics...one of the better singer/songwriter albums to come my way.' One single off the album, Severe Weather, was recently selected out of hundreds of submissions to be among KUT Radio's first ever Texas Music Matters Playlist. In 2010 the Jim Halfpenny Band released their second CD, TRUTH TRUST & OTHER GHOSTS. Currently The Jim Halfpenny Band is playing locally and regionally to promote their music which is getting substantial airplay on AMA radio stations from caost-to-coast.