Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: Jim Ivins Band "Songs Of Life"

The Jim Ivins Band are a positive pop rocking outfit that we've covered previously here at BMF (review here). They are back again with a good cause and some great music. Their three new songs on "Songs Of Life" are excellent and not to be missed. Check out the press release below and then go get the new tunes!

Richmond, VA’s The Jim Ivins Band are back just in time for the holidays with new music after last year’s acclaimed self-titled Ace Enders-produced EP.

RICHMOND, Dec. 2, 2010 -- This December, acoustic pop rockers THE JIM IVINS BAND offer three new songs on a brand new charity compilation close to the band’s heart. The project, entitled Songs of Life: The Kathy Ivins Project is a tribute to the mother of Jim and Jack Ivins, lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively, who passed away in July of this year from melanoma. After taking some time off in the summer, the band hit the studio with Bill Leverty, their cousin and guitar player of 90’s rock band FIREHOUSE, who agreed to engineer, mix, and master the project.

The band recorded two new songs inspired by their mother, “Moving” and “You Can Have It All,” and a full-band update of her favorite song from Jim’s 2007 solo album 99¢ Dreams, “Stages Of Your Life.” All three songs are classic power pop, with Ivins and co. channeling the sound of bands like The Goo Goo Dolls and The Fray to communicate the uplifting subject matter of the songs.

All proceeds from the album go towards the newly established KATHY IVINS FUND, a foundation started by the family in order to benefit fitness and wellness groups, as well as to promote healthy lifestyles, all things close to Kathy, an avid marathon runner.

In addition to the three songs from The Jim Ivins Band, the album includes songs from the guys’ father John Ivins and his JOHN IVINS WORSHIP BAND, as well as Virginia singer/songwriter sensation SUSAN GREENBAUM.

For more information on The Kathy Ivins Fund, head to, where you can also purchase a physical copy of the new album. Digitally, the album is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers.