Jim Bryson - guitar, organ, piano, vibraphone
Jim was a founding member of
the power-pop band Punchbuggy, which was formed in 1994. They released
the two albums All Night Christian Rollerskate (1994) and Grand
Opening...Going Out of Business Sale (1996). He left the band in 1997 to
pursue his solo career, and went through a furious songwriting phase. But it
wasn't until 1999 that he started recording.
released the album The Occasionals in 2000, which was the name of his
band. The album went on to became very popular among the critics, and in 2003 his
Orange Record Label debut The North Side Benches was released. The
North Side Benches appeared on many year-end "Best of" lists, including
Billboard, Americana UK, No Depression and NOW Toronto.
His songs have been described as "folk
songs played with rock instruments" and "rock songs played with folk
instruments", while in truth they almost consistently lilt and sway between the
two. Some of Jim's favorite artists include Wilco,
The Giant Sand, Nick Drake and Paul Westerberg.
In addition to his own
releases, his guitar playing and singing can be heard on numerous recordings,
most recently with Kathleen, Sarah Harmer and
Howe Gelb. As well, Kathleen has covered Jim's song Somewhere Else, from The North Side
Benches, and the track appeared on Back to Me. Jim's songs have also
appeared on numerous compilations, both in North America and the UK.
Jim released his latest album The Falcon Lake Incident in 2010 on
Former band members