Donal Hinely | Breakfast At Jim's

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Breakfast At Jim's

by Donal Hinely

Released in early 1994, this is Texas alternative country infused with keen folk sensibilities and memorable lyrics, a harbinger of the current Americana movement.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Box of Wine
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2. The Great Unknown
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3. Bastard Wind
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4. Coin in the Dust
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5. Scheduled to Die
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6. Grow Old With You
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7. 19 Cigarettes
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8. Dry Your Eyes
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9. Breakfast At Jim's
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10. Over the Water
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11. Autograph
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12. Heaven, Home
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13. Lonely Avenue
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14. Miracles
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Released in early 1994, this album is a travelogue of sorts. With the exception of the last track, every song on Breakfast at Jim's was written on a transformational one year journey around the world. In 1990, I bought a beat up Alvarez acoustic guitar for $150 and a one way ticket to Australia. For the next year, that tonally challenged 6 string was my ticket to ride, my passport to the boundless horizon. On busy street corners and quiet pedestrian malls, sunny harbor-side parks and dank railroad stations, famous tourist spots and local hangouts, farmers' markets and city plazas, I awoke the generosity of thousands of passersby, playing a repertoire of familiar tunes while sprinkling in a growing number of original songs. I resorted to odd jobs along the way to supplement my income--everything from selling cheap, knock-off perfume for a shady operation in Sydney to working as a farmhand in the amazing backcountry of Queensland--but nothing was as portable or enjoyable as living from my hat. Freedom, independence, and 3 chords.
Each song on this album was generated by my experiences on the road and the people I met along the way. Some of the songs were incubated on the side of the road while hitchhiking and stored in my head while waiting for the next ride. Some came out in one big rush. "Box of Wine" recounts my brief but enlightening tenure as a charity collector, working alongside a new found Scottish friend and a truly eccentric Aussie named Kelvin. "Bastard Wind" was written on one memorably challenging day during a two week solo bike tour of Tasmania. "Coin in the Dust" is about a friendship forged while waiting almost 3 days for a ride in the Australian Outback. "19 Cigarettes" and "Dry Your Eyes" were sparked by the magical time spent in Prague, Czechoslovakia, one of the most incredible cities in the world. The title track for this CD was conceived after a desperate search for an American breakfast in Georgetown on the island of Penang in Malaysia. Travel should be a required course at Songwriter University!
Perhaps it should be mentioned that Jim's Diner--the little breakfast dive in Denton, Texas that inspired the title track--no longer exists. It was torn down along with everything else that was unique about the Fry Street area near the University of North Texas. It has been replaced by monstrous apartment buildings and parking garages. Jim's moment came and went. Times change and so does the landscape. Though many of these songs are over 20 years old now, the stories behind them remain fresh in my memory. Almost makes me want to go looking for a cheap guitar...


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