- Jun. 20, 2014 - CHICAGO --
Grigori (Watcher) draws up quickly with an aural performance of growth and struggle, representing the transition from rural/suburban lifestyle to full urban immersion. From funky and slamming “Superesse”
through the tension of “Dilacero”
and pain of “Pauperem,”
the artist lays bare the sores and wounds of transformation. Grigori takes a turn towards happiness and success with hard-rocking “Optima Tibicines,” and diverges into the pleasure and ecstacy of new love with “Dignum Amore.” Rounding out the album, the ups and downs of “Spicis” and the earned knowledge and understanding of “Signum Vitae” lead into a foot-stomping Southern Rock-esque “Aliam Vitam.” Grigori contains so many life-changes, evolutions, failures, and reinventions that every listener will find themselves someplace within it.
Official online Release of Grigori is scheduled for June 25, although promotional copies have been in distribution since May 24. Downloads will be available for free directly on Reverbnation.com, accessible through Facebook, Twitter, and www.jimmyfhobbs.com
Born in Nebraska and raised in Tulsa, OK, Jimmy F. Hobbs ran the gambit of musical interests. From church hymns and musicals to marching band, from debate and drama to barbershop quartets and choir, and right on down to garage grunge rock bands, he honed his ears and voice to accept all inspirations and follow any direction music wants to lead him. After moving to New York in 2002, Jimmy played drums and sang for disparate bands such as Andy Mullen and The Shapeshifters (Folk/Bluegrass)
, RockStellar (Alt./Classic Rock), Violet Stone (Southern Rock/Metal) and Once My Way (Metalcore). When researching concepts for his third solo effort, the idea of Watcher Angels (Grigori, in Slavic) came to mind, and the development of that concept into a full, audible presentation of Jimmy's most important and personal stories flowed smoothly. With the help of Carrie Brandt reading on “Initium Novum” and Chris Botta's slide guitar work on “Dignum Amore,” the artist performed all instruments as well as all engineering, impressively finishing with an album that connects fluidly from a wrenching and punishing beginning to a happy-go-lucky ending.