Jim McCulloch is a singer-songwriter from Glasgow in Scotland. From his beginnings with BMX Bandits to international success with The Soup Dragons, collaborations with Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan to his own ventures as Green Peppers and Snowgoose, Jim is respected by his peers and acclaimed by the critics. Perfecting his mastery of songcraft, Jim is set to release his debut solo record, When I Mean What I Say on Violette Records on May 21.
When I Mean What I Say is a coherent and concentrated solo work. Born from Jim’s Master’s Degree in Song Writing following a return to education after 30-plus years, This first truly solo outing is also more intensely personal and honest. Throughout is an artist confronted with sacrifice and crossroads, where art and creativity meet the demands of everyday living and the pressures of family and finance. Having collaborated with big characters with distinctive styles for much of his career, as the album’s nine tracks unravel so too does an unchained musician, an artist who can reflect the class and taste of a lifetime of musical touchstones yet not be defined by them.
McCulloch says “Violette Records are kindred spirits in the music world. Their ethos, aesthetic and generosity of spirit chime with me. Once I had finished the album, they were the only record company I sent it off to – the only record company I thought could do it justice.” The ELP will be released on limited edition 10” vinyl and will be preceded by two singles “When I Mean What I Say” on March 19 and “Chorus Of Lists” on April 16.