Hired Hand Heading for California to play at The Mint in LA.
NEW VIDEO: Ojus - Jim Wurster - From the album RAW
Jim Wurster is traveling lighter these days. The songwriter packs up his guitar, his stomp box, and his vintage pedals, and presents his arsenal of songs exactly the way they sound in his head. “Actually, I first tried this out so that I could do some solo touring in Nashville and out on the West Coast. Then people started coming up to me intrigued by what I was playing. It made me realize that I was able to express the lyrical content of my work, through these different kinds of sounds, as well as through my voice.”
As Jim began recording these stripped down but amped up songs, along with some of his favorite covers, he noticed that the music was taking a decided bent. These were stories yanked from American headlines: deadly love affairs, battered wives, mistreated children, and vigilante justice. The new sounds suited the themes; the distortion predicted the train wreck of life in “Southern Pacific,” and the deadly implosion of a love affair in “Big Surprise. “ The name of the album became clear, Wurster decided to call the record, ‘RAW.” In his album notes, Jim discussed the recording process, “All my parts were recorded live and simultaneously…I wanted to reproduce my acoustic show as closely as possible.”
“RAW” was officially released on January 17, 2014. It features 5 originals and five covers that demonstrate the depth and variety of Jim’s influences. A Miami native, Wurster reveals the darker side of his city in songs like “Ojus” and “Dade County Jail. “ In May, the music video for the song “Ojus,” shot by filmmaker Rick Santese, debuted at Cinema Paradiso Theatre, an arthouse operated by The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Though Wurster’s sound has changed through the years, it has always kept him in the top tier of accomplished Florida songwriters. His early works with Black Janet earned the band a Jammy Award, a Florida Rock Award, cover stories in the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel, and extensive play at college radio. Jim’s second band, The Atomic Cowboys, delivered stripped down American roots music with songs that spoke volumes on the state of politics, the state of relationships, and the state of mind of the inscrutable Wurster.
From 1990 through 2011, Jim released 13 albums, with the assistance of top Florida talent and producers including Jack Shawde, Bob Wlos (L7 studios), and Roger DiLorenzo, Inevitably, with a catalog of over 100 songs, Jim’s music came to the attention of an indie record label, Fake Four Music, which had kick-started the careers of several alternative folk and hip-hop bands. Fake Four released, Hired Hand, a collaboration between Jim and label mates, The Skyrider Band, featuring Wurster’s stepson Bud. Reviews described the sound of Hired Hand as visceral, “like the backdrop for a modern western film.”
Released 13 Independent albums with a discography of over 100 songs.
RAW Track Listing: 01. Southern Pacific (Neil Young)
02. A Little Bit of Room (Jim Wurster)
03. Bang Bang (Sonny Bono)
04. Loping Vampire Blues (Jim Wurster)
05. Riders on the Storm (Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek)
06. Big Surprise (Jim Wurster)
07. Ojus (Jim Wurster)
08. She Was (Jim Wurster)
09. Dade County Jail (Fred Neil)
10. Sunshine Medley (Jimmie Davis, Bill Withers)
Players: Jim Wurster
Producer: Bob Wlos
Album Design: Rose Gargiulo
Photograph: Robert Stolpe
As fans may know, Jim is a teacher at Cypress Bay HS, who rises before the sun comes up. Every morning, Channel 4 Meteorologist, Ms. Gonzalez, keeps Jim company, on the tube. So vital was her reporting to his sunny disposition, that Jim was inspired to write a song called Lissette dedicated to Florida’s “Homegrown Beauty Queen.” The broadcasting department at his school, along with his students, filmed a video of the song and Gonzalez repaid the compliment and came to campus to meet the troubadour and his students
Catch Lissette on the news every morning from 5-9am and again at noon. Below is the video that bears her name.
"Lissette" Wurster & The Revolutions
Wurster & The Revolutions Music Video for "Lissette." New Rock Music In The Tradition of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Roy Orbison.