This is a new quartet of local players none of whom have been mentioned in this column before. Their name comes from the phrase ‘Everything is just Jim Dandy’ and it is also a stage persona, a character played by Jim Stefanuk, who handles the vocals and lead guitar. Big band saxophonist Jason ‘Bobby’ Sewerynek, bassist Brian McCarthy and drummer Shawn Royal round out the band. Stefanuk does indeed make for a fine ‘character’, the kind of front man many bands would die for. He delivers eleven quality blues rock originals with this smoking band a band that is augmented for the album by “Sweet” Jules Cordosa who provides sterling support vocals throughout and Jesse Karwat who adds keys throughout. Catch this larger band live if you can because they add quite a lot to the sound. The cover art shows them in a nostalgia-laden barbershop to go along with their old school sound: “Save My Soul” is one rocking opener and “Payday”, another highlight follows immediately. This is an attractive blues lamenting the fact that after a wild night out he has only three dollars left until payday. In another era, “Trying to Get Somewhere” would be a radio hit with its ‘hook’ over an ear-catching bed of organ/guitars/sax. “When You Move Like That There” brings to mind early Yardbirds, although back then they didn’t have the access to a modern recording studio. Other highlights include the slide-driven “Killer” and the sax-led R&B of “Stand by My Woman”. They end it off with another fine slow but building “Walkin’ Shoes” that mirrors the devil theme of the opener. Stefanuk plays through his wah-wah pedal and Sewerynek supplies a wall of saxes. This is a most impressive debut. If you get this in time, the CD Release is November 30 at Cherry Cola’s Rock n’ Rolla, 200 Bathurst St. Otherwise check the club listings or go to www.jimdandee.com.

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