Trespass Music is pleased to release Jim Stanard's new album "Color Outside The Lines" to folk radio October 1. The official worldwide radio release is October 16. Color Outside The Lines represents a quantum leap forward for Jim Stanard. Special Guest Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary highlights this compelling collection.
JIM STANARD | COLORADO | FOLK | COUNTRY
NASHVILLE, TN – Singer-songwriter Jim Stanard will release his sophomore album, Color Outside The Lines, on October 16th. Teaming up again with Grammy-nominated hitmaker and producer Kip Winger and Afghan Whigs guitarist Jon Skibic, this effort also features the legendary Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) and his daughter Bethany Yarrow on two songs. The album will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl LP, and will be accompanied by four music videos, led by the 1st single, “Home”. Pre-orders will be available on September 4th on jimstanardmusic.com and on all digital platforms. All pre-orders will be eligible to win a Taylor acoustic guitar signed by Jim Stanard, Peter Yarrow, and Bethany Yarrow (details on Jim’s website).
Color Outside The Lines once again showcases the Colorado/Florida-based troubadour's distinctive songcraft, vivid storytelling, and unmistakably authentic voice—the same qualities that made listeners and critics take notice of his acclaimed 2018 debut Bucket List.
Country Jukebox (Germany) called him"...an intelligent, profound, sometimes thoughtful and humorous observer..." and that vein has only deepened. "I think that the main thing that any artist has to offer is his own perspective", states singer-songwriter Jim Stanard. "My songs are about how I see people and how I see the world. I think that's the most important thing that an artist can communicate.”
From social justice to history to humor, the common thread among Stanard’s songs is their resonance – emotional, musical, and melodic. Throughout the 11-song album, such indelible Stanard originals as "Same River", "Witness Protection", "One Time In A Row" and "The Opium Wars" convey wisdom and curiosity, showcasing the artist's uncanny ability to pinpoint fundamental emotional truths.
Drawn together by their common interest in reducing political polarization and a shared vision about the importance of civil debate, Stanard met Peter Yarrow through their involvement with organizations that work toward those goals. Jim introduced Peter to No Labels and Peter introduced Jim to Braver Angels. Their friendship then spread into the musical realm and became a highlight of the new album. “I was startled by how much the sound of Jim’s voice combined with mine and Bethany’s reminded me of Peter Paul and Mary”, Peter Yarrow commented. “It made me proud to feel the legacy of that spirit live on - especially so, because Jim’s songs carry a similar message.”
The album’s title track is a metaphor for Stanard’s new life philosophy – he launched his second career as a recording artist at age 69 after retiring from a successful career in the business world. He sings “But now my life is full of neat and tidy art, in a paint-by-numbers world I’ve learned to play my part”, and concludes with “Now it’s time I learned again how to color outside the lines.” One can imagine the freedom he feels as he unfastens that top button and picks up his guitar. "I played a lot of music in the '60s and early '70s, playing solo in college coffeehouses for about fifteen years", Stanard recalls. "Then I got busy with other stuff and stopped playing, but I always carried the music with me. Even after I'd quit playing, I was always listening and absorbing, and accumulating a lot of musical knowledge, so when it comes to writing songs I’m endlessly inspired."
Track Listing - **FOCUS TRACKS
**1. Home (3:22) - featuring Bethany and Peter Yarrow - The USA is a nation of immigrants, and I believe that's a key part of why it's such a wonderful country.
**2. Same River (3:46) You can't step into exactly the same river twice, because it's different water than before; you can't exactly recreate an old relationship, because people change, at least a little.
3. Witness Protection (2:53) I can't quit you by myself – I need help.
4. One Time In A Row (2:57) You only need to find one true love – being fortunate one time is enough.
**5. Arkansas (3:10) featuring Bethany and Peter Yarrow - Story of a fictional Sheriff set in the historical massacre in Elaine, AR, 1919 – leaders (and all people) must take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
6. Fake News (3:05) Everyone knows she's cheating on him, but he doesn't believe it.
7. Color Outside The Lines (3:42) It can be hard to regain a childlike sense of freedom and creativity – we are trained to conform.
8. When My Truck (3:08) My self-driving truck will be smarter than I was – it wouldn't have let you go.
9. Each Other's Minds (3:29) A relationship needs communication.
**10. The Opium Wars (4:09) The Opium Wars between Britain and China in the mid-1800's lead to China's "century of humiliation". The wars with, and over, drugs have never stopped.
11. Soft And Gentle Smile (2:21) Her smile is the same today as it was the day we met.
LINER NOTES & CREDITS
Words & Music by Jim Stanard
Recorded in Nashville, TN
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by C.F. Kip Winger www.kipwinger.com
Mastered by Paul Blakemore www.paulblakemore.com
Artwork by Elena Hutchence, Pete Cotutsca for www.pcdesignworld.com
Management: Brian Horner, Sound Artist Support www.soundartistsupport.com
Marketing: Elena Hutchence for VBI Marketing www.varseaubiz.com
Special Guests on ”Home” and ”Arkansas”: Peter Yarrow & Bethany Yarrow
Jim Stanard: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Jon Skibic: electric guitars
Scott Trammell: drums
Kip Winger: bass
Danny Parks: acoustic guitars, banjo
Mike Rojas: keyboards
Wanda Vick: fiddle, dobro, banjo, mandolin
Jeff Taylor: accordion
Russell Terrell: background vocals
Special thanks to my friends Kip Winger, Peter Yarrow, Bethany Yarrow and Jon Skibic.
About Jim Stanard
"I think the main thing that any artist has to offer is his own perspective", states singer-songwriter Jim Stanard. "My songs are about how I see people and how I see the world. I think that's the most important thing that an artist can communicate."
Jim Stanard's second album Color Outside The Lines once again showcases the Florida/Colorado-based troubadour's distinctive songcraft, vivid storytelling, and unmistakably authentic voice - the same qualities that made listeners and critics take notice of his acclaimed 2018 debut Bucket List.
Stanard channels a lifetime's worth of experience and insight to craft imaginative, emotionally resonant story-songs that cut to the heart of the human experience.
Color Outside The Lines lives up to its title, matching Stanard's evocative songwriting with sensitive production by Grammy-nominated hitmaker Kip Winger, and instrumental support from such notable players as Afghan Whigs guitarist Jon Skibic. The 11-song album also features guest vocals from folk legend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) and his daughter, Bethany, who lend their voices to the songs "Home" and "Arkansas."
Throughout Color Outside The Lines, such indelible Stanard originals as "Home", "Same River", "Witness Protection", "One Time In A Row" and "The Opium Wars" convey wisdom and curiosity. They showcase the artist's uncanny ability to pinpoint fundamental emotional truths while exploring some ambitious lyrical approaches in a manner that lives up to the album's title, and they result in an album of depth and humanity.
Stanard met Peter Yarrow at an event at the Carter Center, the humanitarian outreach organization run by former President Jimmy Carter. They became friends through their mutual participation in Braver Angels and No Labels, two groups devoted to reducing political polarization. Yarrow also recognized a kindred musical spirit in Stanard.
"I was startled by how much the sound of Jim's voice combined with mine and Bethany's reminded me of Peter Paul and Mary", Yarrow comments. "It made me proud to feel the legacy of that spirit live on, especially because Jim's songs carry a similar message."
It would be fair to say that musically, Jim Stanard is something of a late bloomer, embracing a life in music at a point where many in his shoes surrender to the urge to take things easy. During a successful career in the business world, he made a point of seeking out new challenges, and he's applied that attitude to his work as a creative artist.
Stanard has always had a profound relationship with music and accrued plenty of performing experience early in life. Music meant so much to him that, as a teenager, he sold his childhood coin collection to buy his first guitar, a Martin D-28 that he still plays. As a young man, Stanard was profoundly affected by the singer-songwriter explosion of the 1960s.
Hanging out at the legendary Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he experienced live performances by such musical iconoclasts as Tom Rush, Doc Watson and a young Bruce Springsteen. He saw Bob Dylan perform in Philadelphia in 1966 and attended the historic Woodstock festival three years later.
"I played a lot of music in the '60s and early '70s, playing solo in college coffeehouses for about fifteen years", Stanard recalls. "Then I got busy with other stuff and stopped playing, but I always carried the music with me. Even after I'd quit playing, I was always listening and absorbing and accumulating a lot of musical knowledge, so when it comes to writing songs I'm endlessly inspired."
Stanard eventually found his way back to music, with support from Kip Winger, who suggested he write songs.
"It all felt very natural to me", Stanard enthuses. "It was like learning a language that I'd been hearing for my whole life. In business, I learned the value of having the right teachers, the right mentors. So when I started writing songs, I sought out the right people for guidance, and listened to what they had to say, while also being willing to take some risks."
Stanard's songwriting efforts quickly bore fruit, and his debut effort Bucket List won considerable acclaim, even spawning a viral grass-roots hit in the whimsical "It's All Turtles", which was featured on Dr. Demento's legendary syndicated radio show. Roots Music Report called the album "...a grows-on-you set from a fresh and highly believable voice."
"The music thing has become a big part of my life over the last five or six years, and I've become obsessive about it", Stanard notes. "I know what my own thing is, and I know what isn't me. I feel like I have some ideas I want to get across, and stories that are interesting to me. That's what I'm going after, and so far I'm having a great time with it."