B.E.S.T. Series #5 – Jim Witter
April 21 @ 7:30 pm
The return of Canadian CMA award winner Jim Witter and band with his amazing revue of Lennon and McCartney called the “Long and Winding Road”. Full band, video production, etc and Jim’s great audience connection he showed with his 70’s revue from 2015, Piano Men “The Long and Winding Road” features about 30 songs from the Lennon-McCartney catalog, including “Yesterday,” “Penny Lane,” “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be.” The multimedia production uses screens to display images and tell the stories behind the songs – for instance, that McCartney wrote “Let It Be” after his mother appeared to him in a dream. Witter, on piano, is accompanied by a drummer, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist. “The Long and Winding Road” is not an impersonation of the Beatles, Witter stressed. “More than anything, it honors the music and the songwriting,” he said.
Jim Witter grew up playing music. In 1982, he performed four songs on the “Music for Safe Water” compilation by 1280 CHAM radio. As a teenager, while still in high school, Jim honed his musical talents by playing evenings at a piano bar and restaurant called Snuggles, in Hamilton Ont. In 1990, one of Witter’s demos caught the attention of a Sony Music Canada executive. Within three years, Witter was signed to FRE Records. His debut album, Jim Witter, was released in 1993. The first single, “Everything and More,” entered the National Country Chart at No. 40, at the time a first for a debut Canadian single. Every single released from the album reached the top 10 on the Canadian country singles chart, including “Distant Drum,” “Stolen Moments,” “Sweet Sweet Poison” and “Chevy Coupe.” Witter received a 1994 Juno nomination for Best New Solo Artist, an award that covered all genres of music, as well as a nomination for Best Country Male Vocalist.