Shotgun Jimmie The Ship, St. John's NL, May 8

Shotgun Jimmie The Ship, St. John's NL, May 8
Photo: Noah Bender
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Very few people get as excited about being in St. John's as Shotgun Jimmie. In town for days ahead of playing the final set of the sixth annual edition of Lawnya Vawnya, he could be seen soaking in all the music being made and walking around with the biggest grin on his face. 
 
If he gets down, Jimmie never lets it show onstage. He's the consummate optimist, his gritty pop songs full of overt name-checks for things like the This American Life podcast and bands like Guided By Voices, Ladyhawk, Eric's Trip and Constantines. Here, he did his thing with Jon McKiel on drums and played a wonderfully engaging and endearing set. 
 
When Shotgun Jimmie's in love with something, he doesn't hold back. His charm and joy are infectious and he's a whip-smart songwriter, excellent showman and one of the proudest ambassadors happiness could hope for.