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"Connect Savannah"

His debut CD Quarterline is an impeccably recorded collection of memorable ballads and humble observations which comes off something like a song swap between Larry McMurty and Mike Nesmith at Davids Crosby'd pad.
...this show should be a must-see for fans of contemporary folk music. - Jim Reed

"Jim Gilmour: Natural folk"

With the production and instrumental team of producer/keyboardist Ben Wisch (Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin), guitarists Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jonatha Brooke) and Marc Schulman (Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin), and drummer Shawn Pelton, "Quarterline," the new CD by Vermont singer-songwriter Jim Gilmour has a familiar sound. But Gilmour, who is at Armis in Great Barrington (528-3296) on Friday at 10, stamps the effort with his David Crosby-like, yearning tenor, his distinctive acoustic guitar textures, and his gentle melodicism.
For the last 15 years, Gilmour has been on the other side of the boards, helping musicians capture their music on tape as a producer, engineer and sideman.
Judging from his own professional-sounding CD,the winner of the 2002 KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase Contest in Park City, Utah, apparently was paying close attention to what was going on in the studio all those years, as he sounds like a natural.

Seth Rogovoy can be reached at seth@rogovoy.com or c/o Berkshire Eagle, 268 Main St., Great Barrington 01230 or on the web at www.rogovoy.com. - Berkshire Eagle - Seth Rogovoy

"Jim Gilmour's Quarterline"


Jim Gilmour's Quarterline(CD, www.jimgilmour.com, 2003) has received a gem of a review in this week's Seven Days. "The sound on the 10 carefully crafted tracks is sparkling," wrote Robert Resnik, "the playing uncluttered, the writing confident and the singing quite gorgeous - recalling Jesse Colin Young during his golden years with the Youngbloods."

If Gilmour should receive a more favorable review elsewhere, we hope he'll send us a copy at once so we can marvel at it. Meanwhile, Robert Resnik's opinion carries a lot of weight in folk music circles here in Vermont, and Jim Gilmour can count the Seven Days notice as a big, bright-colored feather in his cap.

Alan Lewis - New England Music Scrapbook - Alan Lewis

"Seven Days Review - Quarterline"

(Foolish Records, CD)

In the Beatles movie "Hard Days Night" British comic actor Wilfrid Brambell played the role of Paulâ's grandfather. All through the movie, everyone who came across this old codger immediately makes a comment about how "clean" he seemed to be. "Clean" is also the first and foremost adjective that comes to mind to describe Rutland County singer/songwriter Jim Gilmour's debut CD, entitled "Quarterline." The sound on the 10 carefully crafted tracks is sparkling, the playing uncluttered, the writing confident and singing quite gorgeous(Gilmour's voice brings to mind Jesse Colin Young during his golden years with the Youngbloods). Gilmour has spent years enriching the musical culture in and around Middletown Springs, VT; organizing the Solarfest(a well-established summertime songwriters and alternative energy festival), launching the Turn of the Tide concert series at the Middletown Springs library, and producing and/or engineering numerous local recording projects at Southview Arts, his studio high on a hill above the town. It's good news that he won a performing songwriter contest last year in Park City, Utah: After a year of heavy touring he is finally getting recognition as a solo musician as well for his many projects.

- Seven Days - ROBERT RESNIK

"The The Graham Weekly Album Review #1370"

The Graham Weekly Album Review #1370
By George Graham
While musical style fads come and go, some genres have great durability. Jazz, for example, is building new music on the foundations that have been around for something approaching 100 years. The singer-songwriter form is also proving its longevity. Tracing its roots back to the folk musicians in the early part of the 20th Century, and then brought to the fore by the late Woody Guthrie toward the middle of the century, the style inspired several generations of artists from Bob Dylan in 1960s on. And it shows no signs of being tapped out creatively. In essence, its simplicity -- a person singing original songs with lyrics that have something to say -- ensures that as long as the communication between artist and audience exists, there will likely be singer-songwriters plying their trade, and people to listen to them, despite the absence of such music on the commercial media.

Currently, we have a great proliferation of singer-songwriters, with hundreds of them releasing their CDs each year, mostly through independent labels or entirely on their own. Obviously with that many artists on the scene releasing CDs competing for fans' attention, the quality can range from masterpieces to downright awful. It doesn't take a great deal of musical perception to realize that a good singer-songwriter should sing well and write worthwhile songs. Sometimes one facet is better than the other. But when you have a very good combination of both in an artist, it's hard to go wrong. This week's CD is a worthy example by an artist who combines an appealing high-tenor vocal with thoughtful original songs, and in this case very tasteful musicianship. He is Jim Gilmour, and his CD is called Quarterline.

Vermont resident Jim Gilmour is one of those people who has been in the background in the music business for almost 20 years, as a bassist, backing vocalist and producer/engineer at his own studio. His biography also includes a stint as video news crew member, working for NBC. After working in a supporting role musically for those years, he decided to take up songwriting in earnest in 1998. For this CD, he assembled some talented people who have graced the recordings by some of today's best in the genre. They include producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Wisch, who has produced CDs by Marc Cohn, Cheryl Wheeler and Patty Larkin. Also appearing is guitarist Duke Levine, known for his work with Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Gorka, and as well as being an outstanding artist on his own; and drummer Shawn Pelton a veteran of the Saturday Night Live band, and albums by Joan Osborne and Edie Brickell among others. Gilmour himself handles both acoustic guitar and bass duties.

This is a group who know just what to add to bring out the best is a singer-songwriter, and when combined with Gilmour's qualities, makes for a very pleasing and worthwhile recording.

Gilmour writes about subjects that have certainly been explored before, such as relationships with an emphasis on loves torn asunder. He can give a very melodic treatment to some rather sad, and even tragic lyrics. Many of his songs are narratives that unfold as they go along, including some with surprise turns of events at their end. Musically, while many of the arrangement ideas have been used on other CDs on which these backing musicians have appeared, it all comes together very well and tastefully here.

The relatively brief 40 minute CD begins with the title track, Quarterline. The piece establishes the sound of the album, with the laid-back, classy arrangement providing the backing to Gilmour's likable, relaxed airy tenor vocals, and his intelligent lyrics. In this case, the song seems to be about a place of refuge.

Rather different in lyrical direction is Hour in Texarkana the story of a tragic figure who had just lost his baby to illness. He is found sleeping in his car by a law officer, and ultimately brings on further tragedy.

Another story song turns out to be one of the highlight tracks of the CD, Hometown, whose protagonist is anxious to get out of the place in which he grew up. Then he falls in and out of love, and ultimately returns to the place he was so anxious to leave.

Separation is a theme that runs through several of the songs. Another Day explores the subject combined with a little consideration of one's place in the greater scheme of things.

Another song that combines a pretty musical setting with some decidedly downbeat lyrics is Still Don't Know. It's about a character whose mother ran off with a man, and then disappeared for decades. A car, matching the description of the one in which she was last seen is found underwater. But it is not what was hoped for.

There are two songs which run together to be a kind of six-minute suite. Put a Little and Falling again visit the subject of separation, in this case the end of an affair.

Gilmour again mixes lyrics of a decidedly unhappy nature with a musical setting that is anything but. Why Run considers drug addiction from the perspective of the user who just can't seem to stop.

The CD ends on another sad note, Jeanine is the story of a free-spirited girl who died apparently in a motor scooter accident. The musical setting is appropriately introspective, with just Gilmour and the atmospheric electric guitar of Mark Schulman.

After toiling as a sideman and behind the scenes as a producer or engineer, Jim Gilmour has stepped out with an outstanding solo CD debut in Quarterline. He is very good at what singer-songwriters are supposed to do with his instantly likable vocals and multifaceted songs, with their complex characters and story lines that don't always have a happy ending. The musical backing is about as fine as you'll encounter in the field, with exceptionally tasteful playing by the gathered musicians and the understated, sensitive production by Ben Wisch. Sometimes the musical mood is at odds with the content of the lyrics, but that often enhances the irony. The result is an album that can be listened to on several levels, from the pleasing sound to the complicated story lines in the lyrics.

Our sound quality grade is a definite but now increasingly rare "A." There is a wonderfully intimate sound, with very good clarity on vocals and instrumentation. The sound is also relatively uncompressed, with a nice dynamic range which allows the finer points of the music to shine through.

With hundreds of good, recent singer-songwriter CDs available, Jim Gilmour's Quarterline begs the question what does the CD have that sets it apart from so many others? The answer is a simple one, quality. Gilmour and company are a class act, from the songs to the sonic treatment. It's a textbook example of what a singer-songwriter record should strive for.
- George Graham


Flatworld - Jim Gilmour Produced by Ben Wisch 2010
Quarterline - Jim Gilmour, Produced by Ben Wisch 2003
Back to Square One - with Duane Carleton 2002
Produced, Engineered and/or performed on many records including:
Moors & McCumber - Moors & McCumber - 2009
Ain't The Same as Before - Kort McCumber - 2009
Hush - James Moors - 2008
These Things Matter - John E Erlandson - 2006, Coproduced
Secret Voice - Laura Molinelli 2005, Mixer
Until I Return - Kort & Beth Mcumber 2004, Procucer
Dragon - John Flynn 2003, bass
Bumpy Lane - James Mee 2003, co-produced, bass, vocals
Destiney - Rick Redington 2002 co-produced, bass, vocals
Wind in the Sails - Wind that Shakes the Barley 2002 engineer



"Music has the power to cut to the heart of the matter, to tell us things about ourselves and others we might not have even thought possible. All this insight while under the guise of being entertainment," muses Jim Gilmour, Vermont- nestled singer-songwriter.

The long anticipated CD "Flatworld" follows solidly in the critically acclaimed footsteps of his debut CD "Quarterline" is again produced and engineered by Ben Wisch and Jim Gilmour features his longtime band Jim on guitars and vocals, Paul Carroccio on percussion, drums and loops, Ryan Dubois on bass and loops and Jeff Poremski on electric and acoustic guitars. and has guest musicians Duke Levine, Marc Shulman and Shawn Pelton Kort McCumber and Laura Molinelli. The new CD captures the Jim Gilmour Band as they continue to evolve and grow. Solid writing, polished yet raw in all the right ways, performance and the familiar voice that keeps it at once intimate and introspective as well as raw and emotional.

Jim’s debut CD "Quarterline" captured an intimate portrait of Jim’s style and sound. Jim founded his compositional style while searching for new sounds and grooves on his acoustic guitar using multiple and partial capos and alternate tunings. His lyrics, sometimes veiled, sometimes chillingly frank are composed from the everyday subjects of life; the temptations of addiction, love and love lost, and the power of connection, all while celebrating the mystery of life.

Not content to work in a vacuum, Jim tours regularly, in a variety of configurations, but most often with Ryan & Paul as the Jim Gilmour Band. He also won the 2002 KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase Contest in Utah.

"Jim Gilmour is the hidden gem of the Northeast Singer/Song writer scene tucked away up in the mountains of Vermont...his easy going style and his sensitive and thought provoking approach to lyric writing makes his music a joy to listen to"
--Ben Wisch, Producer

In addition to his solo career Jim continues to produce and engineer CD‚s for independent artists. He is also a bassist and backing vocalist for many performing acts on the road and in the studio. He has worked with artists such as James Mee, John Flynn, Kort & Beth McCumber, Laura Molinelli, Rick Redington, jam band Foxtrot Zulu, and many other local and regional acts including the Celtic band, Wind That Shakes the Barley.