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Bio

Jim Hayes uses his powerful voice and foot-tapping rhythms to bring his audience along with him as he sings of the longing for connection in a fragmented society.

Jim is inspired primarily by musical outlaws such as Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, R.L. Burnside, The Black Keys. There seems to be a mission in their music: kill conformity in the name of love and sanity. It’s all rooted in the soul and raw heart of blues rock.

Over the last several years Jim has opened for Leon Russell, Leslie West, and played at such venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Cafe(NYC), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Starland Ballroom (NJ), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Indie Outbreak, Musikfest and more.

In the early 90’s Jim played the East Coast rock scene and had since returned to his roots; a mix of blues, jazz, rock, and soul.

Unrefined yet rich with melody, Jim Hayes Band may be from New Jersey, but it’s sound comes from the dark history of Mississippi – the birthplace of whiskey blues. This trio is deeply devoted to keeping the original and sometimes radical spirit of blues and rock.

With Tom Parsells on the bass and Bill Van Goor on drums, Jim Hayes is well supported by their gut-felt performance.

 

Short Description:

Jim Hayes Band is a surge of high energy music rooted in the soul and raw heart of blues rock. The band was formed in New Jersey, but our sound comes from the dark history of Mississippi – the birthplace of whiskey blues. Yet the band also ventures into reggae, soul, hard rock, and folk revival.

 

Discography:

Amazing Years

  • Released: December 25, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download

When Your Time Comes 

  • Released: April 24, 2015
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Sign of the Times [working title]

  • To be released: March 2019
  • Formats: CD, digital download

 

Sample Set List:

Written By: Jim Hayes

I wish you were mine
I wish you were mine
But you left me out in the pouring rain
And maybe in time
Maybe in time we’ll be all rolling high.
Rolling high

You’ve got to roll away baby
You’ve got to roll away baby
I’ll be back for more
I’ll be back for more

You’ve got to calm down baby
You’ve got to calm down baby
I’ll be at your door
I’ll be at your door

You’ve got to calm down lover
I am a lowdown lover
I’ll be at your door
I’ll be at your door

Written By: Jim Hayes

So, good bye, good bye, sweet brother, good bye
I hope you remember the sweet music inside you
And the world that world that’s turning made you a wandering child
And this world that is turning made you a wandering child?

The songs that you played took your feet off the ground
And the guitar that you strummed never made a sound
And the world that’s turning it don’t keep us around…
And the world that’s turning didn’t keep you around
Yeah….

So good bye, good bye, sweet brother of mine
I am holding my tears so you wouldn’t see me crying
And time after time we burned a candle in the sun
And now the world that I am holding I’ve got to fill it with love
Yeah…. I’ve got to fill it with love

Written By: Jim Hayes

Where have you been
Where have you been
Where is your god
Let me in
You’ve been caught
Drowning slow
You’re so young
So I’m told

I feel your pain
I feel your pain
I see your ghost
Out in the rain
You’ve been caught
Crying alone
You’re so young
So I’m told

Where’s your heart
Where’s your soul
Where’s you’ve gone
I miss you so
We are the ones
You’ve got to fall
Our wings are stone
Our wings are stone
So I’m told

Don’t you go

Where have you been

Where is your god
Let me in
You’ve been caught
Singing alone
You are so old
So I’m told

Written By: Jim Hayes

Don’t you cry little girl
Don’t you cry in your Sunday dress
All this church bell swinging for Jesus
Yeah last night your hair was a mess
Yeah last night your hair was a mess

Hard way down
It’s a hard way down
It’s hard way down
You fell for the bottle again
Don’t you fall and waste your day now
Don’t you fall and drink it all down
What the hell I think I can leave now
Yeah, I fell for the bottle again
Yeah, I fell for the bottle again

Yeah, right

Hard way down
It’s a hard way down
It’s hard way down
Yeah, you fell for the bottle again
Fell for the bottle, you fell for the bottle again
Fell for the bottle, you fell for the bottle again

You fell for the bottle, you fell for the bottle again
You fell for the bottle, you fell for the bottle again

I’m cut to the bone, leave me alone
Cut to the bone, I’m so fucking stoned
Cut to the bone
What do you got for me

What do you got baby
What do you got for me

It’s a hard way down
It’s a hard way down
It’s a hard way down
Yeah you fell for the bottle
Fell for the bottle,
you fell for the bottle again

Written By: Jim Hayes

Well I’m howling in the night time, when the full moon is bright and round
Well I’m howling in the night time, when the full moon is bright and round
Well i didn’t tell you then but the devil is coming around

Well I am singing with my whiskey to cry another song
Well I am singing with my whiskey to cry another song
Would I didn’t know it then, I didn’t know right from wrong

I looked around to love someone
But everyone’s a setting sun
Listen now, I want to know
Why you rise when Jesus falls

Well I didn’t tell you then , but I, I didn’t mind the fall
Come on

Well I‘m howling in the night time when my woman likes to fool around
Well I‘m howling in the night time when my woman likes to fool around
Well, I didn’t tell you then, but the devil is coming to town

Written By: Jim Hayes

When I fall, when I fall,
help me through the window of light
There I was, there I was
you finally saw my shadow
Hey I was feeling alright
I was feeling alright
I got nothing to hide

Hey it’s the sign of the times,
we are all waiting for sunshine

I can’t let go I can’t let go
Finally I cast the stone
The pieces fall pieces fall
Shattered in the moonlight

Hey I don’t wanna be wrong
I don’t wanna be wrong
But I know that you’re right
Hey I was singing my song
just singing my song
Waiting for sunshine

There I was, there I was,
You don’t even recognize me now
Pieces fall, pieces fall
Crying in my shadow

Hey I was feeling alright
I was feeling alright
I got nothing to hide
Hey, it’s the sign of the times
It’s the sign of the times
We’re all waiting for sunshine

Written By: Jim Hayes

Love is rising and the grass’s so tall
Us lovers Yeah we got it all Yeah
I wanna tell you just what I see
But my tongue was twisted in a whiskey sea, well
Her hair falls like autumn leaves
Falling down like a tapestry
Oh baby, I said, you can see
nobody said it better than Johnny Lee

Boom-Boom

My brain is about to break
Her bed by the apple tree
What’s a matter with a little kiss
It’s her song I miss it’s the sweetest bliss
No wonder I’m down on my knees
Her river flowing over me
Oh baby Yeah you can see she says
Nobody did it better than Johnny Lee

Boom-Boom

She said I’m the only man
I love that woman the best I can
She would never lie to me
She would never lie to me
We wait for the children sleep
Lights go low you can hear me breathe
Oh baby in the morning breeze
We’re singing that song by Johnny Lee

Gotta be free
Talk to me
Talk to me
You gotta be free
Talk to me
Talk to me
Talk to me