Jim Robinson’s latest CD, “Nick Dean’s Barn”, is, in my opinion, his strongest and most cohesive album to date. It is centered in the rural area where he grew up, (which could be anywhere) and brings to life all the people in the community, as well as the functions that brought everyone together, with music and dancing. House parties, hockey playing, school dances, home cooking, playing music, and old cars. These are only some of the themes that Jim captures in this 15 song collection. Two personal favourites that touched my heart in different ways are: “Grant & Mayota”, and “Homeboy”. The music is pure rural country; the musicianship superb; the stories are strong, and the characters are friends that we all know...no matter where we’re from.
Get to know “Nick Dean’s Barn”. Get to know Jim Robinson!
-Greg Kelly, Tunes After Noon, Ottawa
"A little bit of a whole lot of good song writing – and nicely packaged...Another wonderful collection of songs – different from the last 2 releases, but equally good... you can’t help but move to the percussive beat which builds up in the first song, All The Way Home... This CD presents Jim’s smooth vocals right up front where they belong, and he is as comfortable with this contemporary style as with the country flavour of his first CD, Heading South... On the Street to Nowhere made me think of a British rock sound… There’s a Buddah in My Living Room picks up on the percussive sound again... And Time Goes By, with its percussive drive, caught my attention with its topical environmental message..."
"Jim Robinson has a way of tackling real, everyday topics and issues... and putting them across with deceptively simple lyrics, catchy tunes and rhythms that stick with you. While Jim’s first album, Heading South, is on this folkie’s pile of ‘most often played,’ his second, Working in the Dark, created a more esoteric mood, showing a completely different side of his creative personality. In All The Way Home, Jim gives us a new collection that runs the gamut from whimsical to thoughtful, personal to universal, with driving beats, upfront vocals and Jim’s signature guitar work and instrumentation. My favourite cuts? The title song, All the Way Home will make you feel good to be alive, while And Time Goes By, powerful in its simplicity, gives voice to a growing grassroots movement for environmental accountability."
-Isabelle Delage, host, The Side Door Coffee House, Montreal
"You've found a wonderful ally in Jason to help out your songs, Jim. You have another gem, I think."
-Kenneth Pearson on All The Way Home