Jim Byrnes (BC) www.jimbyrnes.org
Singer, musician and actor Jim Byrnes has loved and played blues music since he was in his teens. Born and raised in St Louis, he grew up on the city’s north side. As a teenager going to music clubs, he and his buddy were often the only white people in the place. “We never had any problems. We had too much respect for the music and the culture – they could tell.” Jim moved to Vancouver in the early 1970s, and soon became a key part of the local blues scene, and has remained so ever since. In recent years, he won a JUNO for his gospel project House of Refuge, rave reviews for My Walking Stick and was part of the Mississippi Sheiks Tribute project.