ISOLATION is the first single and video from the new record JOHN 20:20. Due out Oct 20, 2020 (Reido’s bday)
want to hear it sooner? Become a patron or make a donation and we will send you a link to listen/download. reidjamiesonband (at) gmail (dot) com for e-transfers.


This is not a greatest hits – this is a prophetic love letter from the past. From one of the world’s best known artists, by one of Canada’s most underrated singer songwriters. A uniquely tender tribute to honour what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday (Oct 9), and the 40th anniversary of his murder (Dec 8) – as if 2020 wasn’t hard enough to take. This project began as a prescription from Reid’s wife and creative partner, to help him stave off intense depression as his career hopes were crushed by a global pandemic. Reid found solace in the hauntingly relevant words of one of his greatest influences – not just in music – but in his commitment to love. Maybe you will too. Stripped naked with only nylon string guitar, uke,  harmonica and heartbreakingly pure vocals, it includes 7 solo John Lennon songs, 1 Beatles, and one eulogy by Elton John. Amore Solum Opus Est.

NEW VIDEO! HONEYSUCKLE ROSE – REID JAMIESON

Nothing like a pandemic to help us realize just how much we need each other. I can tell you that Reid and I never would have thought that his day job as a unionized hotel server and his career in the ever crumbling music industry would be considered eggs in the same basket – but here we are. Hard not to fret with both careers very much out of commission…
Speaking of ! Back in May, a real keeper of a fan and husband; Neil Guernsey commissioned us to record this old Tin Pan Alley tune to celebrate his sweet Marie on her bday. Since this was our first Covid Commission we doubled down and filmed them a super sweet video to match! Living next door to Vancouver’s Stanley Park provided the perfect backdrop, where we find Reido frolicking in the floral wonder. Oh boy did we need this project to lift our spirits. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.  

HONEYSUCKLE ROSE 
Video: https://youtu.be/DnCxRlryMl0  –Can you believe we filmed this on our phone!?!
MP3 https://soundcloud.com/reidjamieson/honeysucklerose (available on Spotify Sept 21)

This recording and video simply would not exist without folks like Neil and Marie. They brought the song to life, and that’s pretty danged amazing. At a time when artists can’t really sell muisc or even play live anymore, we need an army of Patrons of the Arts more than ever. Maybe you would like to help create something magical for someone special while supporting Reido?

Make a Special Request! http://reidjamieson.com/special-requests  

and/or Become a Patron! https://www.patreon.com/reidjamieson

CREDITS (lyrics below)

Honeysuckle Rose – Performed by Reid Jamieson. http://wetcoast.org/rjdev
Written by Andy Razaf / Thomas Waller
Commissioned by Neil Guernsey for our sweet Lemon Marie, May 2020.
Video filmed and directed by Carolyn Victoria Mill.


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HONEYSUCKLE ROSE

Every honey bee is filled with jealousy
When they see you out with me
I don’t blame them goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose

When you’re passin’ the flowers droop and sigh
And I know the reason why
You’re much sweeter heaven knows,
Honeysuckle rose

Don’t buy sugar, You just touch my cup
You’re my sugar, So sweet when you stir it up

When I’m taking sips from your tasty lips,
The honey fairly drips
You’re confection goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose

SOLO

I Don’t buy sugar, You just touch my cup
You’re my sugar, It’s so sweet when you stir it up

When I’m taking sips from your tasty lips
The honey fairly drips
You are perfection goodness knows,
Honeysuckle rose

Written by Andy Razaf / Thomas Waller
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Peermusic Publishing, BMG Rights Management

Juniper Sessions EPS #1 The first in a series we are calling THE JUNIPER SESSIONS. These will be three tunes at a time, live in one take, from wherever we are. Mostly home but in this case we were in Metchosin BC on Vancouver Island…hiding out at Juniper’s Nest. Huge thanks to our pals Gaynell and Lisa for giving us a quiet slice of their paradise while they are trapped in Texas. Too noisy in our wee one bedroom on a laneway in downtown Vancouver…this perch by the sea was a much appreciated escape to somewhere we could get excited about creating again. Admittedly we were well into our cups and faint from heat stroke when we did this…CVM in a caftan, Reido in a hammock…its a wonder we made it through! We are posting on Patreon before sharing publicly, cuz y’all deserve good things. Let us know your fave… with any luck the summer fun continues so stay tuned for more. xo https://patreon.com/reidjamieson

BLUE by Lucinda Williams
BLUE by The Jayhawks
PAPERBACK FANTASY by Reid Jamieson

Fanifesto

There is good news, and there is bad news…

The Bad News…

Making music is no longer sustainable. And there is little we as artists can do about it. Here is the hard truth as we see it. In 2020 computers and cars are shipping without a CD player. iTunes has closed shop. Downloading music (paid for or otherwise) is no longer in vogue as most folks are enjoying the convenience of streaming services like Spotify that they can access from anywhere on any device. We stream too, so we get it. Sadly these streaming servies pay so poorly that our revenues barely cover our own subscription. Terrestrial radio is mostly inaccessible to indie artists, and on the way out, while satellite radio pays less, if anything.

Due to a lack of recorded music income all artists are encouraged to get out on the road and play more shows to make up for it. This has created a glut of artists on the market and venues are overwhelmed with requests to play. At the same time many venues are closing due to rising rents. Booking a tour with or without a booking agent has become increasingly difficult. Not to mention that touring is an unhealthy and often unsafe way to make a living, and unsuited to most women and many an introverted recording artist . And then came COVID-19 and the end of live music for the forseeable future. It will take years for cancelled shows to be resheduled, meanwhile 90% of small venues will close.

What about Live Streaming? Everybody’s doing it! and some really well (go Jill Barber! Danny Michel!) but we just haven’t found it to be our jam so far. This might change, and if it does we will likely only be streaming live from our Patreon page (and maybe Sidedoor). Still a work in progress, but if yer keen to support us you can become a patron of Reido and soon we will be posting all manner of special items for the folks who give a proper poop. You can also make a one-time donation that will give you access if that works better for you.

On the licensing in film and TV front, music supervisors are inundated with artists looking to find a place for their music, and so can offer lower fees – if we could reach them in the first place. It’s very much a who you know biz, and we don’t know them (introduce us!). Slightly more accessible Sync brokers require half of our licensing fees in exchange for being a conduit to the music supes (not the traditional agent fee of 15-20%). And now there is a move by the streaming services like Netflix and Discovery to buy out the composers work and deny them any residual royalties moving forward -which they must accept if they want to work.

It is more challenging than ever to get press. Quality music journalists can no longer find work as papers go online and turn into glorified advertising mechanisms. Making music is no longer sustainable. And there is little we as artists can do about it, despite being represented by multiple organizations committed to supporting and protecting us. The industry has failed artists.

A move towards more conservative governments mean that grants and other funding for the arts is shrinking in most cases. That said, we are incredibly fortunate to live here in Canada where our music orgs like CreativeBC are stepping in and stepping up their support.

The Good News….

You can step up your support too. Despite all this grimness, it might still be worthwhile making music…if only we can be heard. It is heartbreaking to make your very best music only to have it heard by very few people. We are keen to continue making the very best music we can (it is what we do). But how to get folks to press play? YOU can help.
Your choices matter.  As listeners, fans, supporters, you have never been more important to an artist’s ability to be heard and to continue making music. Please consider our Fanifesto below. Tag your posts and playlists with #fanifesto to keep the actionable goodwill movement going. With extreme gratitude… xocvm+reido

#FANIFESTOHow to be a super supporter in the streaming age.

LISTEN to the music when you have a moment, repeat for best effect.

SHARE what you love! Adding to playlists is huge, post to pages, send an email or video.

REVIEW on your chosen platform. You read reviews, so do others.

REQUEST at your local station / festival. They will listen to you.

ATTEND concerts, buy advance tickets, let others know about gigs in their area.

CONNECT artist you love with folks you know in Media, Film & TV, Radio, Fests, Venues. It’s all about who you know. Introduce us.

LIKE, FOLLOW, COMMENT on social media. We are slaves to the algorithms. Help boost us.
Liking is great. Commenting is a an even bigger help in getting our posts seen.

FEEDBACK and tell us your fave tune, show, moment. We need to know someone is listening.

HOST A HOUSE CONCERT. Do you throw a good party? Invite your fave artist to entertain and become the star of your neighbourhood. By cutting out the middle man between artist and audience we all win.

JOIN the mailing list. This is the single most affordable and effective way for independent artists to reach their audiences. Most social media now charge us to promote posts. Include your location to cut down on emails. We will always keep your info safe and sound. Sign up here.

Make a difference. Review Reido on iTunes | Amazon Google Play | CDbaby 
Add Reido to your playlists on Spotify
Want to host a house concert? our House Concert FAQ here.
Become a Patron of Reido https://www.patreon.com/reidjamieson
Make a one-time donation to support music making and more https://www.paypal.me/reidjamiesonmusic

Is there something you would like to add to the Fanifesto? Have a suggestion for us? Can you help us get heard? Please email, we would love to hear from you.

Looking for HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS music for your playlist? Something kinda nondenominational that won’t make you want to put a pencil in yer ear? Something you can play before AND after the big day? Please check out the track listing for SONGS FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT below – yer sure to find a new favourite 😊

and perhaps something for the more traditional…

Woohoo! After slaving over a hot grant application all summer, we could not be more pleased to announce that we scored an Amplify BC Career Development grant! This will enable us to create some delicious new videos (something we are sorely lacking) and promote our new record Me Daza (they match funds we spend up to 10k). Patrons of the arts (bless their hearts) are few and far between these days, so we can’t tell you how fortunate we feel to be supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia. Things could get very exciting indeed!

It’s been quite a fall season for us…so much happened our heads are still spinning…and we still smell like a campfire.

We were chosen to take part in VIFF AMP Talent Accelerator program at the Vancouver Film Festival in October. This program connects musicians and composers with music supervisors and film makers to help us license our music, something we are super keen to do more of. One of the highlights was a master class where we got to watch an episode of Start Trek Discovery get scored, live on stage, with an orchestra and everything. Cliff Martinez and his team were amazing to watch at work.

Our west coast fall tourcation kicked off with finally getting to see Buffy Sainte Marie in concert – solo (our fave!) At 78 years fabulous, she kicked buffalo-sized butt, and remains one of our biggest inspirations. Especially as we were just setting out to work on writing The Pigeon and The Dove, our new folk opera about preventing homelessness.

Shows in Washington were a delight as always, that state has been so kind to us, no wonder we keep returning. Some time on the Oregon Coast focusing on writing and visiting with tender peeps. Bay area shows and Reido’s bday in San Francisco was everything you could ask for, including getting caught in what they call a ‘Love Vortex” that really set him up for a fully heart-centered year.

Feeling super fortunate to have outrun the forest fires in Northern California, driving through power outages on our way to camping was an experience let me tell you. Camped at Salt Pointe Park and Avenue of the Giants in California, and Sunset Bay Beach in Oregon where we enjoyed our first yurt! Not as many tubbies when one is in a tent, but the ones we did enjoy were EPIC. (you can check out some highlights on our Instagram account @reidjamiesonmusic

The people we meet continue to be the best part of touring. Love the connections we make, and so appreciate the community that support the music and these bodies as we sing our hearts out for y’all. Our road families are everything to us. Words fail to express how danged lucky we feel to know you.

Couple of rare Vancouver shows coming up (seems like we never play at home) and then Vancouver Island before the year is done. Hope to see you there, and always open to invites to play your holiday functions, house concerts, etc…and keen to be invited to your shows too. Keep us in the loop k?  

HELP WANTED


And now the good work begins.

If you know any (preferably lady) filmmakers who might be keen on our music, please do send them our way.

Could really use some help with booking shows in the UK and Ireland next year if you have any connections, they sure would be appreciated.

Keen to reach more folks, but can’t do it without YOU. Please share music and dates with your friends, add us to your playlists, and request us at local festivals and radio. Everything helps. Share what you love!

Want to help us raise funds for making music and getting it heard in a world where radio and record sales are on the way out? Make a 1k donation, and then pick a song you would like Reido to record – you could be most instrumental in keeping the music alive and thriving while inspiring a unique recording! 

Thank you for taking the time to consider all this.

Feed us back when you get a chance, we want to know what is making your world turn.

Much aloha,
xocvm+reido

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Reid Jamieson Band - Winter 2019
Reid Jamieson + Carolyn Mill = Reid Jamieson Band

This October (or as we like to call it – Reidober!) we are heading down the coast to focus on some songwriting. Well, more than just songwriting, we are working on our new folk opera The Pigeon and The Dove‘. This is a very special project for us, and something we want to get just right, so focus is key. To be released later next year, this multimedia performance/recording will be to raise funds and awareness about the causes and prevention of homelessness. Something we hope everyone will consider as we head into election season. We will be voting by special ballot as we will be out of the country, and strongly believe in advance polls. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in many peoples lives. Canada needs you.

We are playing a handful of house concerts (WA/CA) on this trip, and if you want to get your heart broken while also laughing inappropriately you can RSVP if there is any room left. Just one public ticketed show in Bellingham Fri Nov 1. Such a sweet venue, every seat a winner. Please tell yer friends in Washington and the Bay Area that we are coming their way. 

Only a wee smattering of shows coming up for the rest of this year, mostly focusing on this Pigeon project of ours, making videos, and surviving life’s ups and downs. Hoping to make more time to spend with the humans we care about too.   

We would like to release ME DAZA in the UK / Ireland next May 2020. It just makes sense to bring this record back to where it was created. Can any of you folks help with connections? Gigs or media. We would be forever grateful as it takes a village for sure. 

On that topic, this whole newsletter thing is a conundrum. We all get too many emails, and we hate adding to your load. That said, this is the only way we can reach you affordably. Facebook, instagram etc now charge us to make our posts seen.  We are fully independent, so you won’t really hear about us otherwise. We try to limit newsletters to once a season, or once a month at most. We are trying different services, and so far do not dig any of them really. But they do give you the opportunity to unsub if you need to, or to hang in there and support the independent music that Reid makes. We really can’t and wouldn’t do this without your interest and support. So thanks, eh?

Reido’s bday is coming up Oct 20, and hey, if you want to get him something special, please consider VOTING, and sharing what you love. Maybe a Reido tune even.  And hey, did we mention that Reid had to go on strike at his day job today? Still taking that in. Gah. 

Sending lots of love, to every single one of you.

xocvm+reido

Looking forward to spending some time working on our Pigeon project this summer. Gonna play a handful of summer fests and house concerts tho, so come on out and let us sing you a sweet serenade, eh? xocvm+reido

Vancouver BC Sat July 6 – 2pm Khatsahlano Fest  
Maple Ridge, BC Mon July 29 – 7:30 Music On The Wharf  
Victoria, BC Tue July 30 – 7pm Beacon Hill Park
Gabriola Island, BC Thu Aug 8 – 5pm Concert On The Green
Metchosin, BC House Concert Sun Aug 11, 2019 – matinee
Seattle, WA Fri August 16, 2019 50s era House Concert  
Puget Sound, WA  Sat Aug 17 – 1pm Olalla Americana Fest

more dates

ONTARIO! We are bringing the new record we made in Ireland to Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton and Ottawa this spring. Sharing is caring so please tell yer peeps, might not be back this way for a while due to euro plans. See you there! Dates and details

Sat April 27, 2019 The Unforgiving Mistress Ottawa, ON
email to RSVP 
 
Thu May 2,2019 Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. Hamilton, ON
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reid-jamieson-concert-tickets-57215702707 
 
 
Fri May 3, 2019 eBar Bookshelf Guelph, ON reserve tickets
 
Sun May 5, 2019 Rivoli Toronto, ON
MATINEE doors 2pm, show 3pm $20
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3656953  

ME DAZA by Reid Jamieson – Independent (Mar 2019) 
LISTEN / ORDER NOW! iTunes | Amazon | CDBaby | Spotify | About, Lyrics

Beyond excited to finally share the record we made in Ireland. Maybe our best yet?

Would you like to help Reid get heard? We are completely independent so only YOU can make that happen. If you choose to be a super supporter of the arts just check out our #Fanifesto below…

“This latest album might be Jamieson’s finest moment. (his) voice is a crystal clear instrument that can cover an immense range with superb phrasing.”
– Vancouver Province 

#FANIFESTO

Your choices matter. How to be a super supporter in the streaming age.
 
LISTEN to the music when you have a moment, repeat for best effect.
 
SHARE what you love! Add to playlists, post to pages, send an email.
 
REVIEW on your chosen platform.
 
REQUEST at your local station / festival
 
ATTEND concerts, buy advance tickets, let others know about gigs in their area.
 
CONNECT artist to any folks you know in the media, film & TV, radio, fests, venues, video makers.
 
LIKE, FOLLOW, COMMENT on social media to help boost algorithms
 
FEEDBACK and tell us your fave tune, show, moment.
 
JOIN the mailing list. This is the single most affordable and effective way for independent artists to reach their audiences. Most social media now charge us to promote posts. Include your location to cut down on emails. We will always keep your info safe and sound.

This record is dedicated to our precious road families. Thank you for looking after us and inspiring so much magic. YOU made this.