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Jimmy Rankin Discography
"Song Dog"

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Recorded January through March 2001 at Great Big Music in Toronto, Ontario
Produced by: Tim Thorney
Recorded and Mixed by: Brad Nelson
Assistant Engineers: Brian Walters, Stephane Lefrancois
Mastered by: Roger Lian at Masterdisk, New York, NY
Co-ordinator: Dayen Troy
Pre-Production: Lakewind Sound, Point Aconi, NS & Great Big Music, Toronto, ON
Art Direction: Benjamin Fong for Graphic Substance
Illustrations: Jimmy Rankin
Photography: Arash Molemmei, Peter Wood, Johnny Gillis
Jimmy Rankin plays Gibson Guitars.
All songs written by Jimmy Rankin © Song Dog Music Co. Limited (SOCAN) except Followed Her Around written by Jimmy Rankin and Gordie Sampson (SOCAN)
Guests on CD: Cookie Rankin, Greg Keelor, Joel Feeney, Cassandra Vasik, Gordie Sampson, Drummer Randy Cook, keyboardist Brent Barkman, bassist Jamie Gatti and the Spin Doctors' guitarist Eric Schenkman..
Released by Song Dog Music, Ltd., July 17, 2001.
Distributed by EMI Music Canada, July 17, 2001.
CD Identification: 8072 6 70528 2 3
ISBN Number: 8 0726-70528-2 3
Song List
(12 Songs):
1. Followed Her Around (4:01)
2. Midnight Angel (3:58)
3. Drunk & Crucified (3:52)
4. Lighthouse Heart (4:09)
5. Wasted (4:19)
6. We'll Carry On (Prelude) (1:30)
7. This Is The Hour (4:09)
8. Tripper (4:49)
9. We'll Carry On (3:27)
10. You & Me (3:46)
11. Stoned Blue (4:29)
12. Captain Harmony (5:12)


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"HandMade is a complete listening experience where the songs collectively offer new colours, emotions and comfortable and familiar home of a close and honest friend. Handmade picks up brilliantly where his solo debut, Song Dog left off."
Produced by: Tim Thorney & Jimmy Rankin
Additional Production by: Brad Nelson
Recorded and Mixed by: Brad Nelson
Assistant Engineer: Carl Dente
Production Coordinator: Dee Troy
Recorded at: Tattoo Music Studios
Mastered at: Masterdisk by Roger Lian
Art Direction: Benjamin Fong
Photography: Janet Kimber
Makeup: Nadine Beed
Wardrobe: Mia Nishi Rankin and Wendy Freidman
Jimmy Rankin plays Gibson Guitars with D'Addario Strings.
All songs written by Jimmy Rankin © Song Dog Music Co. Limited (SOCAN) except Last Time, Sweetwheels and Handmade written by Jimmy Rankin and Tim Thorney (SOCAN)
Musicians on CD: Jimmy Rankin (vocals, acoustic guitar), Scott Alexander (electric and upright bass), Brian Barlow (drums, percussion), Brent Barkman (piano, organ, keyboards), Richard Bell (accordion), Pepe Francis (acoustic guitars, dulcimer, banjo), Greg Monk (banjo), Tim Thorney (acoustic guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, supervox), Joel Feeney (background vocals), Neil Donnell (background vocals)
Length: 59:12
Released by Song Dog Music September 2, 2003
Distributed by EMI Canada Records September 2, 2003
CD Identification: 8072 6 7 0002 2 0
ISBN Number: 8 07267 00022 0
Song List
1. Morning Bound Train (4:41)
2. Stay (5:02)
3. Dog Out In The Rain (4:06)
4. Butterfly (5:06)
5. Handmade (4:30)
6. Colorado (4:44)
7. Sweet Wheels (4:21)
8. Tower of Lethendy (4:00)
9. One Last Ride (3:47)
10. The Last Time (3:30)
11. California Dreamer (4:01)
12. Running Home (7:14)
13. Northern Winds (4:01)


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Jimmy Rankin

The modern age is an era yearning for its past, to re-connect to a time of truth, honesty and integrity. For singer/songwriter, guitarist Jimmy Rankin, the traditions and values of yesterday still burn like hot coals, firing the imagination and setting the heart alight.

Like contemporaries Steve Earle, John Mayer and David Gray, Jimmy is a storyteller and a troubadour – telling the tales of our time by linking the traditional music of the past with the accessible sounds of today. His latest album, Handmade (Song Dog/EMI 2003), seamlessly unites the old world with the new, minting a unique style that’s equal parts timely and timeless, familiar, yet wholly original.

Music has been a part of Jimmy’s life from the very beginning. Canadians know him as the singer, guitarist and principle songwriter of the Rankin Family (later known simply as The Rankins). This legendary family band from Mabou, honed their chops at dances and weddings around Cape Breton and ultimately became one of the nation’s most beloved and successful recording acts.

Jimmy, brother John Morris and sisters Raylene, Cookie and Heather sold over two million albums, received countless industry awards (including five Junos) and performed around the world. Their sound was traditional, contemporary, regional and universal all at once, due in large part to Jimmy’s knack for penning crossover hits like “Fare Thee Well Love” which earned a 1994 Juno for Single of the Year. The song also turned up in the Disney film Into the West and was one of three Canadian songs profiled in the mini-series Impact: Songs That Changed the World. To this date, Rankin owns more East Coast Music Awards than any other performer in the awards’ history, and is known as one of Canada’s finest singer songwriters.

In 2001, Jimmy returned to the studio to cut his first record as a solo artist. With the assistance of producer Tim Thorney, Jimmy unleashed the spirited Song Dog (Song Dog/EMI 2001). Collecting material written during and after his tenure with The Rankins, Song Dog boasts a brilliant mixture of folk, country-rock, traditional music and flashes of pop as a backdrop for his introspective narratives of loves won and lost.

Song Dog was enthusiastically embraced by both critics and fans and went on to snag a host of industry awards, including a 2003 ECMA win for Songwriter of the Year for “Midnight Angel”, three 2002 ECMA’s (including Country Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriter of the Year honours for “Followed Her Around”), a Canadian Country Music Award for Roots Performer of the Year, Canadian Radio Music (Best New AC Artist) and SOCAN awards, plus two Juno nominations.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Jimmy returned to the studio almost immediately after completing Song Dog’s touring commitments, eager to commit the new songs in his head to tape and begin working on the follow-up.

Recorded at Tattoo Music studios in Toronto and co-produced by Jimmy and Tim Thorney, Rankin carved out his most ambitious record yet. Laid out over a bed of acoustic guitar, banjo, dulcimer and mandolin, Jimmy created his second solo offering Handmade. Where Song Dog was slicker, more produced and plugged-in, Handmade is more raw, stripped-down and acoustic, lending it a more organic, live-off-the-floor feel. The songs, based on simple, spare arrangements unmarred by pricey digital effects and processed gloss, are striking in their unvarnished honesty and earthiness.

The lyrical themes on Handmade range from ruminations on love and loss to restless wanderlust. Travel is an integral theme; the allure of the open road is palpable throughout the album, notably in “Sweet Wheels”, “Colorado” and first single and video “Morning Bound Train”. Jimmy infuses each track with the infectious joy of the journey, that sense of adventure that always rides shotgun on any good road trip. Fittingly, he brings it all back home again with set closer “Running Home”, a song inspired by the solace of home to a wayfaring soul.
Since Handmade’s release, the single and accompanying video for “Morning Bound Train” became a top ten hit, while follow-up singles and videos “Butterfly” and “California Dreamer” are performing equally well across various formats.
Most recently, Jimmy won two 2004 ECMA’s, including Male Artist of the Year and Roots Traditional Solo Recording Artist of the Year, received another Juno nomination, signed an agreement with top US booking agent Keith Case (whose clients include the likes of Alison Krauss) and has toured the Canada as a solo headliner as well as with Keith Urban, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and John Prine.
This fall, Jimmy heads out as special guest for Great Big Sea’s The Beautiful Tour, which visits more than 30 cities nation wide.

Publicity: Wendy Phillips, Sonic Entertainment Group
(902) 491-1991/ www.sonicentertainmentgroup.com

October 2004