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1977:     CBC TV & Dumaurier Canada-wide National Search for Stars:  one of Top 15 Semi-Finalists (3,000+ auditions!)
1982:     Winner:     Saskatchewan songwriting contest, FM radio
1991:      Winner:    Western Canada Summer Games (Winnipeg, MB) Theme Song Contest
2009:     #2 Song:   on the Western Charts in the USA for Jan & Feb:  'We Got us a Trail Drive' from 1880's Cowboys cd
2011:      Winner:    Western CD of the Year, 2011 from The Traditional Country Music Association, USA
2011:      #1 Song:  on the Western Music Charts in the USA for January:    'Gone are the Days' from RNDNMUP cd

Nominated for


2004:     Rising Star of the Year, Academy of Western Artists, USA (one of Top 10 Semi-Finalists)
2005:     Rising Star of the Year, Academy of Western Artists, USA (one of Top 5 Finalists)
2011:     Duo Western Album of the Year:    Western Music Association, USA, for RNDNMUP cd with TJ Casey
2011:     Song of the Year:    Western Music Association, USA, for 'Grubline' from RNDNMUP cd
2011:     Song of the Year:    Western Music Association, USA, for 'King up in my Saddle' from RNDNMUP cd
2011:     Song of the Year:    Western Music Association, USA, for 'Get Them Cattle 'Cross' from RNDNMUP cd

"What others have to say . . .

"I loved Jim's 1880's Cowboys album.  As I said on my show  --  if you were just going to buy one western CD this year, this is the one you should get.   It's one of the best pure cowboy albums I've ever heard."

Marvin O'Dell, Singer/Songwriter and Host of "Around the Campfire" radio program, Palm Desert, CA 

"One of the most interesting performers of cowboy music in the new century is Canada's Jim Reader.  From his material to his gritty delivery of it, he's an original.  I'd be tempted to call him cowboy music's Bob Dylan or Neil Young, but Reader hits more of the notes!  Seriously, the depth of thought and guitar technique equate to such artists. As was the case with Reader's debut album from a few years back, many of his songs have sort of an experimental or push-the-envelope edge in lyric content and arrangement. Never fear!  It's all still true "Cowboy," but let's just say this cowboy's not afraid to hose out the stable."
Rick Huff,  Albuquerque, NM, Western Music Critic, 'Rope Burns' and 'The Western Way' Magazines

"I get much music across my desk every month and a lot of it is so difficult to listen to.  Jim's 1880's Cowboys CD is a diamond in the rough for me -- it's a true gem!   It's my pleasure to play it on The Western Music Channel."
George Fair, President/Director of Programming, Heartland Public Radio,  Branson, MO

"Jim is a seasoned performer and the ultimate storyteller whose warmth will draw you in.  Depending on the venue, Jim's performances can be augmented beautifully with hundreds of well-researched historical photos and artwork." Lynn Kot, President, Weyburn Concert Series, Weyburn, Saskatchewan

"You can tell from Jim's arrangements and unpredictable chord progressions that he's no 3-chord strummer at his first rodeo."

TJ Casey, Singer/Songwriter, Livingston, MT

Jim Reader has a real gift for lyrics and music with a pleasing distinctive voice.   In addition to his writing and singing talents, Jim is one of the better finger pickin' guitar players around.   You'll love The Bar H, it's a first class release.... after listening to it I was so inspired, I took a ride in the hills. 
Hugh McLennan, Host, Spirit of the West, Syndicated Canada/U.S. Radio Show

"Jim's deep understanding of the cowboy spirit, his gift for lyrics and melody, his terrific finger picking make 1880's Cowboys really special.  My hat's off to Jim for a remarkable project."
Hugh McLennan, Host, Spirit of the West, Syndicated Canada/U.S. Radio Show

"Reader has a phenomenal guitar talent and knack for writing lyrics that revolve around working cowboys and ranch life."
Western Horseman Magazine

"This boy's music has heart, where in blue blazes has he been hidin'?"
Ben Crane, Western Fine-Art Cartoonist, Singer/Songwriter & Producer

“He gives his audience a soulful gift straight from the heart!  Jim Reader is ridin' high in the saddle with the greatest western cowboy performers today.”
Emele Clothier, Lazy Mule Music, Winthrop, WA

"When you think of a working rancher who can sing and perform, Jim Reader jumps to the top of my list!  This fella can do it all.  From his album The Bar H, you can believe what he has written.  He really comes to life when he performs on stage with a talent and personality that draws his audience's attention immediately.  This artist's talent and ability knows no limits!"
Tommy Tucker, KRLC AM, Lewiston, ID, Academy of Western Artists '04 DJ of Year

“What a fine musician Jim is, but I really enjoy him live -- he’s got such a wonderful personality and his songs swing right into your heart with true history of the North American Cowboy. This is great music!”
Lauralee Northcott, The Dollar Watch Cowboy Show KVLR, WA 

"I hear a ton of cowboy music every day but every once in a while some cowboy emerges from Canada and starts this cycle all over.  Well let me tell you folks, Jim's music is the real thing, I recommend The Bar H to be included in every western music library."
Joe Baker, KNMB/KWMW Ruidoso, NM

"Jim Reader is one of those guys with a ton of talent and potential coming out the ears!"
Marc Stevenson, Country Wave Magazine

"Jim received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd of over 100 . . . entertaining for 3 hours with his own lively assortment . . sometimes dreamy and romantic . . sometimes humorous, and sometimes exuberantly upbeat."
Cochin Newspaper, Cochin, SK

"Jim's voice has a peaceful resonance that expounds an in-the-country feeling.  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."
Donna Meyers, Past Owner, Memories Inn, Longview, AB

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