Jim Stanard (from the album Bucket List available on Manatee Records)
It has been said that playing music is an adolescent pursuit (thanks, Jon Byrd). While still a teenager in the 1960’s Jim Stanard found the coffeehouse circuit. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jim watched Doc Watson and Bruce Springsteen at the Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, PA, saw Bob Dylan in 1966 and was in the crowd at Woodstock in 1969. Music hooked Jim and he picked up a guitar. In his twenties, he put the guitar aside as a white-collar career took hold. In the early 2000’s, Jim Stanard turned his attention back to music and, supported by his wife, picked the guitar back up. To hone his craft, Jim utilized connections and took guitar lessons from Joe Skibic (Afghan Whigs) and voice lessons from Kip Winger (Winger). Taking his talents and a batch of songs into the studio, Jim Stanard fulfilled a personal goal, checking off a wish with Bucket List, his recent release.
Picking up tips on songwriting, Jim Stanard translated observations into tales of deceit (“Sparks, Nevada”), warning labels (“Apex Predator”), history lessons (“Dogs of War”), and historical reminders (“Can’t Happen Here”). Musically, Bucket List adds touches of Country (“She Wants Him to Change”), sea shanties (“Lobster”), Rock’n’Roll (“It’s All Turtles”) and Americana (“Meant to Say”) to the natural Folk Rock of the album, opening with matters of the heart on the first cut “Law of Love” and tenderly reflecting on tough love with “Meant to Say”.
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