"I'm an unabashed Jim Reader fan. This Canadian singer/songwriter's thoughtful creations represent some of the most consistently fresh material found anywhere."
Rick Huff, Western Music Critic, The Western Way Magazine, Albuquerque, NM
A Songwriting and Performing Career Spanning over 5 Decades
Jim's soul fulfilling bliss - and escape! - has always been his guitar.
Jim got an early start at performing, he sang as a soloist in his first music festival at age 6. He was given his first guitar at age 10. Over the years Jim developed his own finger picking style which continues to lay the foundation for his overall body of work.
Jim has enjoyed many successes and endured hundreds more hard knocks. He is a seasoned performer -- from singing in a grocery store to playing big concert theatres during his band haydays -- sharing the stage with Kenny Rogers, BJ Thomas and Tommy James and the Shondells (if you're old enough to remember those guys!). Jim morphed as a songwriter from rock/pop to folk/roots, accumulating songwriting and performing awards and accolades on both sides of the border along the way.
Jim performances are based on: entertainment and personality; songwriting and musicianship, and; historical enlightenment. His passion as a "keeper" of western heritage is genetic. His great great grandfather, Joseph Reader, was a Missionary in the NorthWest Territories who was a witness to Treaty #4 in 1875 at Fort Qu'Appelle (SK). So it's easy to see why Jim's focus is around the massive societal and cultural changes of the late 1800's.
Jim's performances can be enhanced with a visual component. Over the years he has researched the perfect photos and artwork that are seamlessly synchronized with his song lyrics. The result is that audiences hear the wind, smell the sage and taste the trail-dust in their adventure that pays tribute to the old and new West.
Marion and Jim have five adult children, the beginnings of a tribe of grandkids, and live at the foot of Alberta's magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains.
"There is a western soul in Jim's heart and his music reflects it. Sometimes he gets lost in that place where his music takes him, the fun is that he takes us with him."
Rudy and Donna Vallee, Past Owners, Memories Inn, Longview, AB