Jun 01, 2018
Jim Stanard’s BUCKET LIST is Out Now on Manatee Records
Songwriter Covers Everything from Politics to the Thermodynamics of Love
June 1, 2018 (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) — Once a powerful leader in the world of finance and insurance, a now-retired Jim Stanard is taking on a new role as a singer / songwriter, fulfilling a dream that has burned for more than four decades. Stanard’s BUCKET LIST is out today on Manatee Records.
On 11 original songs, Stanard lends an authentic voice behind the wisdom of someone who has lived a life trying to learn from his mistakes and grow as a person. "I've always carried around a Dylan line 'he not busy being born is busy dying'," he says. "To accomplish something, one needs to take action. I like to think of weaponizing my mistakes and failures by learning from each."
As a young man, Stanard hung out at the legendary Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania watching icons like Tom Rush, Doc Watson, Bruce Springsteen and many others. He saw Bob Dylan in Philadelphia in 1966 and attended Woodstock in 1969. Having started playing guitar as a teenager in the 60's, music meant so much to him that he sold his childhood coin collection to buy his first guitar, a Martin D-28 that he still plays.
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Drawing from a well of influences that includes such diverse artists as Warren Zevon, The Who, David Bromberg and Robert Earl Keen, Stanard talks about taking ownership of life choices (“Lobster”), gets inside the head of a soldier (“Dogs Of War”), politics (“Can’t Happen Here”) talks philosophy (“It’s All Turtles”), regret (“Meant To Say”) and even love and thermodynamics (“Bucket List,” “Law Of Love”).