JIM BRYSON at the Rivoli (332 Queen West), Saturday (November 3), $tba. 416-596-1908. Rating: NNNNN
Jim Bryson is the first to admit that he can be a little lax when it comes to plugging his own career.
The casual twang of the Ottawa singer/songwriter's The Occasionals disc turned up on many 2000 best-of lists, including NOW's, but thanks to Bryson's hectic schedule and self-described terrible promotion skills, your chances of finding the disc in record shops were slim at best.
Now, with a UK tour with Dar Williams on the horizon and people still hunting for the album, Bryson has wisely decided to reissue the disc, signing up with Toronto imprint Square Dog and taking another shot at getting his record heard before starting the next one.
"I did a rotten job at getting the record out there," Bryson laughs from home. After two years of opening gigs, he plays his first Toronto headlining show at the Rivoli Saturday.
"I had the album for a year and sent out 10 copies. That's when I realized that maybe I wasn't doing such a good job at it. If someone else wants to do it, I'm thrilled.
"It makes me really happy that people can finally buy the damn thing and that it's being played on the BBC, but I'm really anxious to start the new one. I've been playing these shows and only doing one or two tunes from the record. See, that's how lousy a self-promoter I am."