Wondering what to do this weekend?

For those looking to support live music in Montreal, here are two shows worth seeing this Saturday night, November 24th:

Jennifer Johnson & The Big Savage Band play at Grumpy’s bar on Bishop Street. Jennifer counts the New Orleans sound and old roots-country (with a slight bouquet of whiskey and murder) as significant influences in her songwriting. Of late Jennifer has been in the studio working on her first album project titled “Music For Public Executions“, which she promises will be released… eventually. Opening the night is the debut of Claire Porter & The Stouts, featuring our very own Andre singing backup and playing harmonica. It’s a good look on him. [Editor’s note: Apparently Andre plays lead guitar in The Stouts, though I wouldn’t put it past him to occasionally both blow and suck …]

For more info and to RSVP click here.

The Marshalls return to Montreal after an extended stint in Toronto, bringing their Old-Time Country Revue to the legendary Wheel Club. If you prefer your roots and country on the traditional, shit-kicking, outlaw side of the fence, then this may be up your tornado alley. The Marshalls will feature our very own Laurel on lead and backup vocals, and David on bass.

For more info and to RSVP click here.

If you’d rather stay in and do some reading, check out Bernie Perusse‘s article on ageism in rock and roll, in today’s Gazette, featuring some insightful comments from local musicians and promoters Craig Morrison and Dan Seligman. This piece hit a nerve with some of us, especially since there’s only one Jimmyrigger still in their twenties, and the Flying Burrito Brothers‘ “Older Guys” has found a permanent spot in our repertoire …

If you’d like a good laugh, watch the Burritos’ version:

Okay, enough of this, let’s all turn off our computers and go enjoy what little sunshine we have left today.

Have a great weekend everybody.


A Showcase, A Fundraiser, and an Album Launch

Hey trespassers, this here’s the latest Jimmyriggers blog. The sun’s beating down, won’t beat for long, so let’s hit the pile.

May 2 – Divan Orange – The Jimmyriggers + The Dirt Cheap Winos + No Family

We got word last night that No Family had broken up, citing either irreconcilable differences or lack of federal orphanage funding. And while the breakup is no longer a mere rumour, they have nevertheless decided to take the stage one last time. Good on them! Their bluegrass stylings are the perfect intro for what will surely be as complete a roots rock show as you will ever see.

The Dirt Cheap Winos put the blues in bluegrass, with tasty riffs that counterpoint Aly Neumann’s melancholic melodies. With the just right touch accordion, and a solid backbeat provided by one of Montreal’s best batteries in Mat Lacombe and Andrew Blakney, this band has a license to write nothing but ear worms.

The show will close with our own brand of electric rock twang. We’re going to headline with an all-original set this time. Not a single cover song. Think we can do it? Of course we can, don’t be ridiculous. We’ll also be filming this show with the help of our friend Roy. Come be a part of it. The doors open at 9:30 and the show starts at 10:00.


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May 3 – Hurley’s Irish Pub – An Evening for Gary Carter

We are honoured to be a part of this event which is hoping to raise as much as $10,000 for the Sarah Cook Fund at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Event organizer Dave Kaufman of TSN 990 has put together a great line up of bands that includes Annakin Slayd, The Blushing Brides, Joseph Kearns, and Kristen Bussandri. While that alone is worth the price of admission, there will also be a silent auction. The big prize up for grabs is a package that includes two return trip tickets to Toronto courtesy of VIA Rail, tickets to see the Blue Jays face the Yankees, and a night at the four-star Grand Hotel. Sounds tempting, but I’m pretty sure that we’re going to pool our band money and bid on the keg being offered by Hurley’s Irish Pub.

Tickets cost $30 and there are still some available at the downstairs bar at Hurley’s. The party starts at 7:30 pm and ends when they kick us out.

Our sincere thanks to the Montreal Gazette for promoting this event on their blog. Click the image to below to read the article.


Click to read the Montreal Gazette feature

May 4 – Cabaret du Mile End – Ol’ Savannah CD Release

Our friends Ol’ Savannah have finished their new album, Underneath the Old Red Barn, and are set to launch it into the ether this Friday night at Cabaret du Mile End.

There’s really nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said by the band in their recent interview with MontrealLive.ca. Click here to read it.

Special guests include Richard King Rigby, Gern f and Felicity of the former United Steel Workers of Montreal, and The Unsettlers. Considering how much whiskey the aforementioned have been known to drink at such events, this night will most likely be nothing short of legendary. Click the image below to RSVP.


Click to RSVP

For the time being, Underneath the Old Red Barn can only be purchased at the CD launch. Though I’m sure it will soon be up on Ol’ Savannah’s Bandcamp page. It’s a beautiful record, and worth your time to listen to it.

Enjoy your week everybody, and see you at the shows!