In My Hand

Jim Stringer & the AM Band -- MRCD02005

In previous releases, Swang (1999) and On The Radio (2001), Jim Stringer & The AM Band forged a sound characterized by instrumental virtuosity and an upbeat, energetic. almost-live sound encompassing elements of rockabilly, western-swing, and vintage country. Though those element remain powerfully in evidence, In My Hand is much more about the songs. The twelve tracks include ten new original tunes which showcase Stringerís songwriting skills developed over his forty-four and counting years as a performing artist.

Stringer is supported by a skilled group of musicians including long time associates, T Jarrod Bonta, on piano and Carl Keesee on bass. Others include Jon Hahn (drums), Ricky Davis (pedal steel), Tommy Detamore (pedal steel), and the mysterious multi-instrumentalist, Rufus Otis, on accordion and percussion. Three duets also spice up the vocal variety: I Remember You (with Susanna Van Tassel), Three Wishes (with Stacy Walters), and Raised on Robbery (with Karen Poston). In all, the CD is well produced, well played and well written... this one will appeal to a wide audience and will earn many repeat listens!

For more information, song lyrics, and news, see the web site, AUSTINMUSICBAND.COM.