Blues icon debuts new album at Langley casino

Canadian roots and blues legend Jim Byrnes is performing in Langley four days before the official release of his new album.

Even though the CD and vinyl (yes, vinyl) version of I Turned My Nights Into Days album won’t have officially debuted yet, Byrnes promises to have a few copies available for sale when he performs on April 11 at the Cascades Casino.

Byrnes returned home to Vancouver recently from an eight-show-nine-day tour of the Netherlands and found the new album – which was three years in the making – waiting for him.

Before he ramps up a busy season of album promotion and summer bookings, however, he said he wants to squeeze in another visit to Langley.

Byrnes performed at Cascades Casino a year ago and said he was anxious to return.

So many of the people this West End resident has known through the years – both friends and fans – have moved out to the Fraser Valley, and Byrnes sees the shows in Langley as a way to reconnect with some.

Plus, he said, he was particularly impressed with the venue last year, noting it was his first time in the casino’s theatre.

“It’s a neat room,” he said, especially grateful not to be competing with all the beeping and musical trumpeting of slot machines and other gaming devices common in many casinos.

This time out, Byrnes is bringing along Vancouver guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, who he met 40 years ago at a Halloween gig. They’ve been playing together again for the past year and a half. And Byrnes is also bringing Babe Gurr along to open the show.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.50 and available from casino guest services, at 604-530-2211, or at www.ticketweb.ca.

Following this show, Byrnes will be off to Calgary later this month, and then to St. Louis for a standing appearance at a Variety Club gala in May.

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