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Multi-talented Jim Byrnes coming to the Empress Theatre

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Legendary blues man Jim Byrnes performs at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Legendary blues man Jim Byrnes, a three-time Juno Award winner, is travelling the blues highway to the Empress Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Since the age of 13, Byrnes has been crooning, drawling, belting and hollering blues, gospel, rockabilly and country songs with his signature smoky vocals and intense blues-guitar.
Byrnes has since appeared with the who’s who of the blues, from Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Byrnes eventually landed in Vancouver, working odd jobs and playing music.
Despite losing both of his legs after being struck by a car on Vancouver Island in 1972, his musical and acting careers did not wane.
In 1981 he put together the Jim Byrnes Band, which became a staple of the local music scene.
Byrnes still tours extensively across North America and Europe, playing dozens of dates each year.
Byrnes’ discography includes 10 albums, beginning with 1981’s Burnin’, and three Juno Award-winning albums: 1995’s That River, 2006’s gospel tinged House of Refuge and Blues Album of the Year Everywhere West in 2011.
His 2012 album, I Hear the Wind in the Wires, an album of classic country songs, garnered him a 2014 Maple Blues Award for Best Male Vocalist.
Byrnes’ most recent album, St. Louis Times, is an ode to blues country and the city of his childhood.
Byrnes is also an actor, with many television and movie appearances, including the TV series Wiseguy and Highlander, as well as his national variety show The Jim Byrnes Show.
Byrnes is the second concert in the Empress Theatre’s Center Stage Concert Series for 2018-’19