When I was living in warmer climates, I didn’t spend as much time outdoors as I do in Manitoba.
—Shotgun Jimmie, musician
Seems Manitoba has gained another luminary in its impressive music scene. Shotgun Jimmie, aka lo-fi folksinger Jim Kilpatrick, recorded his recently released fourth solo album, Everything, everything, in a secluded cabin on the banks of Lake Clementi, MB, in the dead of winter.
It's not exactly the most impressive time of year for our fair province, but Kilpatrick was wooed. So much so, in fact, that he has now has a permanent postal code in Brandon.
"I just fell in love with the land," he says during a quick phone chat. "I've never lived on the prairies. I got to really experience the landscape for the first time. Cross-country skiing, actually being out on the land, it's pretty magical. When I was living in warmer climates, I didn't spend as much time outdoors as I do in Manitoba."
Shotgun Jimmie now calls Brandon, MB home.
The former Sackville, N.B. resident is certainly no stranger to the local music scene. Shotgun Jimmie supplied lead guitar to John K. Samson's 2012 Polaris Prize-longlisted solo debut Provincial
and was part of Samson's backing band.
Meanwhile, local indie rock wunderkinds Cannon Bros backed up Kilpatrick on a tour in support of his own Polaris Prize longlister, 2011's Transistor Sister
"We get along really well," he says of his pals in the scene. "We have a lot of the same influences and ideas about music. We just gel, as they say."
It makes sense the singer/songwriter would find kindred spirits in Manitoba. Our music scene has a lot in common with the East Coast's. There's a scrappy underdog spirit and sense of community that comes from making music in a geographically isolated place.
"It made the transition make a lot more sense to me because I understood the landscape of the scene," Kilpatrick says.
His show on Saturday night with Cannon Bros is a homecoming of sorts; it's the last night on his Canadian headlining tour in support of Everything, everything
. It's clear from the album he found his surroundings -- and the solitude -- inspiring; the album boasts a whopping 16 tracks that he wrote, performed and recorded himself on a four-track. Indeed, it's a solo album in every sense, and it's another winner.
"I've had ample feedback from fans on this tour and they love it. They feel it's my best one yet. Which is great. That's what you want."
Shotgun Jimmie and Cannon Bros play The Park Theatre on May 25.