Riffage and Banter with Shotgun Jimmie at The Dakota Tavern

Shotgun Jimmie
[Note: This photo was actually taken at a different show when Shotgun Jimmie and his band were actually in attendance as part of the audience.]

Date of show: March 16, 2011
Shot of choice: Jager


Shotgun Jimmie, who is Jim Kilpatrick, puts on quite the entertaining set. If you’ve paid any attention to Jimmie’s lyrics, it shouldn’t surprise you that his banter is some of the best I’ve ever heard. He admitted to dressing up his band, as Jay Baird (Feist, Do Make Say Think) and Ian Kehoe (Attack in Black) wore matching shirts, but even more interesting is that his father had a hand in making the shirts wearable. When introducing “Jimmie’s Still Jimmie,” a song written with Joel Plaskett (7” to be released!), Jimmie joked that he just wanted to name drop Plaskett.

For many of the songs off the new album, he’d say, “This is another song off of the hot new Shotgun Jimmie record” as an introduction. And he’s not kidding because it is a great record. In his 13-song set (not including encore) Jimmie played 9 songs off of the new album, with a backdrop with extra lighting proclaiming the title behind him. He said the canvas signage required a roll of duct tape and 200 Christmas lights, which only added to the gorgeous lighting in the Dakota Tavern.

Jimmie’s amusing banter may be a highlight of his set, but that doesn’t take away from his ability to wail on his guitar. With jangly riffs against his cheeky lyrics, Jimmie’s songs are easy to relate to. Transistor Sister brings along a sense of nostalgia and reflection that warms the heart. A great addition to an already great set was when Jimmie invited Huron on stage to help him out with his last couple songs, including “Waist Deep in the Water,” a song that Huron covered a week before at their CMW set. Watching Shotgun Jimmie is like hanging out with a friend, with banter that makes you laugh and a laidback stage presence making his riffs seem effortless. I can’t think of a better way to have spent my night.

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Huron

Hamilton’s Huron was touring with Shotgun Jimmie throughout Ontario and, playing the middle set, kicked the night up a notch with their serious riffage. It seems like a lot of touring has worked well for the band, as their banter has improved quite a bit. Cam Malcolm, who co-fronts the band with Aaron Goldstein, took the lead for majority of the set and took charge of the banter. He seemed to be rocking out particularly hard, as was evident in his body language and facial expressions. Goldstein’s work on pedal steel is always impressive, really adding a crooning element to their oft country-tinged rock ‘n’ roll. Goldstein took the lead for “Chicken Wing,” a song that ties to his then-fiance-now-wife (as of this past weekend – congrats Aaron!). They played 8 songs, including a couple newer ones that are not on their self-titled debut from 2009, “The Great Northwest” and “John Ingram.” With the steady Adam Melnick on bass and harmonious Pete Hall on drums, Huron continues to grow as a band and impress us. We’re looking forward to more riffs, rocking and rolling from Huron.

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Jay Baird

Jay Baird, who played with Shotgun Jimmie in his backing band, opened up the night. His set was a lighthearted yet soulful start to the night, as he played 6 songs solo on an electric guitar. For his seventh and last song, he called out to Shotgun Jimmie himself to join him on drums. When he didn’t respond, he asked if anyone wanted to give it a shot. A gentleman named Greg was up for the task and his drumming was entirely improvised, simply taking cues from Baird. It was quite impressive.

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