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I wish I had Jimmy Landry's voice. I wish I wrote Jimmy Landry's song "My Sister Says." I wish I had Jimmy Landry's outlook. I'm glad I don't have Jimmy Landry's hairline.

Anyway, Jimmy is not only one of the Bluebird's favorite writers, he's also a good friend of mine. He has an energy on and off the stage that is infectious. Supposedly, he makes some mean pasta dishes , too, but I can't confirm that.

All you really need to know is that Jimmy can do what few performers can; walk on stage with just a guitar and his voice and blow you away.

Good stuff. Highly recommended. Enough said.

Peace.

Neil Fagan
Bluebird Cafe - The Bluebird Cafe Newsletter


Bottle up the enthusiasm that Jimmy Landry brings to a performance, and you could sell it to losing armies and change the outcome of battles. Extreme praise? Go see him before you say that.

Landry pours more emotion into one song than many performers fit into a whole night- whether it be the intensely confessional "From Where You Come"; the beautiful, hopeful look at new love, "if Angels Keep a Watchful Eye"; the rousing foot-stomper "I;m Drivin'"; or the infectious pop of "Stop Draggin' Those Thoughts Around." And he's a born storyteller-- hearing what inspired his songs sometimes rivals their performances.

A warm, comfortable voice; poignant, emotionally rich songs; and a great stage presence. Need your heart recharged? Landry's your man. - The Mountain Xpress


In the face of Jimmy Landry's commitment to bringing exceptional outside talent to this region as a part of his Emerging Songwriter Series, it's sometimes easy to overlook Landry's own considerable talent.

Pick up a copy of this year's (1995) "Let Go", and encounter a songsmith with a gift for melody and a willingness to dig past the obvious, and an engaging vocal warmth (that sometimes recalls James Taylor). You'll find, too, some amazing stylistic variation, and, a continuity of effort- traits that rarely surface together.

And, as with Willy Porter- this month's Emerging Songwriter headliner- you'll have trouble NOT singing Landry's songs in the shower (is there a truer litmus test for great songwriting?) "Stop Draggin' Those Thoughts Around," for instance, is simply infectious.

Though Landry frequently headlines both the Grey Eagle and the Town Pump, on Emerging Songwriter nights at the Grey Eagle, you have the added bonus of catching him as the featured performers opening act. So do yourself a real big favor; Get infected. - The Mountain Xpress


Discography

Here's the Story, EC Records
Simple Things, EC Records
Another Cup of Coffee, Safari Records
Let Go, ISG Records
Life is Good, ISG Records
Here We Are- An Asheville Area Acoustic Songwriter Compilation (various artists)

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Born in Washington DC, and raised in the nearby northern Virginia suburbs, Jimmy Landry has a long and illustrious history, playing with many musical icons, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to David Crosby to Richie Havens to David Wilcox, John Gorka, Patty Larkin... it's a long list. Jimmy has performed at many of the most renowned listening rooms in the USA: The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Bottom Line, the Bitter End, Folk City, and the Speakeasy in New York City, Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, Washington DC's Birchmere, Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, Poor David's Pub in Dallas... again, it's a long list. Jimmy has been featured on the stages of some of the country's finest music festivals: The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival are but three. Now a fixture in the burgeoning Asheville, NC music scene for over a decade, Jimmy draws from the wealth of talented musicians in the area to accompany him as often as possible in his band, The Thriftstore Congregation. Woody Wood, Jason Krekel, Billy Cardine, Allison King, Phillip Barker, Paco Shipp, and Artimus Pyle have all been members of the band at one time or another. Great songs, a memorable voice, and a passionate, sweaty enthusiasm for what he does are what linger with you after an encounter with Jimmy Landry and his music.