Shotgun Jimmie merrily travelled from Brandon, Manitoba to blast out a set of feel-good tunes for the ALLCAPS Island Festival crowd last weekend. Playing as a three piece, the band cranked out good old-fashioned rock tunes.

Jimmie’s songs and fun, light-hearted and often comical, making him something of a musician for the working class. Clever rhymes add to the enjoyable vibe of the music, and a raw rock sound reminiscent of Joel Plaskett is Jimmie’s signature style. Also like Plaskett, Jimmie is a real do-it-yourselfer, playing most of the instruments on his albums himself.

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What you probably don’t know is that this playful fellow’s 2011 album Transistor Sister was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize (yet another commonality with Plaskett). He’s currently touring around Canada to support his 2013 release, Everything, Everything.

The music video for his song “North!” off this record was directed by Colin Medley, and I really enjoy the implied rhyming he uses in it, the cunning little charmer

If you like Harlan Pepper, and obviously Joel Plaskett, you’ll dig Shotgun Jimmie.