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Certified Organic (2006)
kind-le-sid (2005)
Live on Studio One with Dave Carter (2001)
Jamie Kindleyside (1997)



"Every once in a while, you find yourself lucky enough to sit in a bar and watch a musician play, and have the presence of mind to realize that you are witnessing a future legend. It occurs to you that the very show you are attending will be talked about years later by people who will come to be hardcore fans. Such was the feeling I had while I was watching Jamie Kindleyside play . . ."

Josh Clark, editor/critic
Washboard Weekly, Johnson City, TN
June 6, 2001


"A very talented singer/songwriter. He has played everywhere from the dives, to the street, to festivals, and often at The Bluebird Cafe. No matter the venue, the crowds relate to him . . . He is a poet, a blues man, a folkie and a nice guy."

Amy Kurland, owner
Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN


". . . Jamie Kindleyside sings and lives the folk troubadour existence, as he states in 'The Drifter': 'I'm a drifter / I don't have a church outside my soul.' He's a gravelly-voiced fingerpicker influenced by Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt, and he writes about what he knows --- life on the road, on the fringes and on the run."

Jack Silverman, critic
Nashville Scene
April 23, 2002


"Jamie Kindleyside . . . a heart of gold, a mind of steel and a tongue to be reckoned with . . ."

Malcolm Holcombe
Universal/Hippo Records recording artist


"Kindleyside's voice is gently gravelly, just on the smooth side of Steve Earle. He also has a fantastic picking style which combines the Delta blues picking of folks like Mississippi John Hurt and the more modern styles of Jorma Kaukonen or Leo Kotke . . . Kindleyside's songs stand up to the best in folk and Americana right now . . ."

Jeff Eason
Watauga Mountain Times, Boone, NC
July 26, 2001


"A charismatic performer [with a] smoky voice and lean, well-crafted songs."

Sing Out!
Winter 2003


" . . . a voice like frayed velvet and a cache of original, fingerpicked tunes that ring with future-classics familiarity even on the first listen."

Melanie McGee, critic
Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
October 31 - November 6, 2001


"A unique sound and traditional folk style makes Jamie Kindleyside's music honest and true. Riveting lyrics and strong songwriting ability allows him to attract a wide variety of listeners. He is a definite asset to any club."

Tamara DiVito, General Manager
Gibson Cafe and Guitar Gallery, Nashville, TN
May 24, 1999



Rootsy Singer Hot on the Heels Of Lamontagne

Certified Organic is Nashville-based Jamie Kindleyside's fourth release but his second live album. This one was recorded live last year at Edgehill Studios in Nashville with just his acoustic guitar as support. The singer has one of those husky, soulful voices -- the sort that Ray Lamontagne and Adam Masterson use to great effect. Kindleyside's songs, however, are a bit earthier. At times, he sounds like a member of the outlaw country movement, particularly the young Steve Earle on old-timey gospel number "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."

It's worth overlooking the twee "what makes organic music taste better?" liner notes and focusing on the music. The songs he has chosen for this release consist of a handful of originals -- "Cinnamon & Sage" the stand-out -- and some obscure covers such as Malcolm Holcombe's "Britches." A more familiar cover is selected to open the album, namely Prince's "Little Red Corvette." It's a nice take on a song that in its original form would not be associated with Americana. It's no classic, but would work well enough to stick in the mind if you saw the singer perform it live. Also tacked onto the end of the live set is a studio version of a new song "Lay You Down" which he performs as part of the live set. The polished version contains rich wurlitzer played by Johnny Neel of The Allman Brothers.

At around half an hour long, Kindleyside has packed plenty of variety into this release and sounds a compelling live performer on this evidence.

Nic Fildes
Americana UK
September 8, 2006


Jamie Kindleyside kind-le-sid, 2005

Jamie Kindleyside's kind-le-sid is an enjoyable album because Kindleyside doesn't have to spend too much time telling the listener how to feel about his songs; he just plays them and the feelings come naturally. After listening to this relatively short album, the listener knows something he didn't before -- the sadness and loss in "Cinnamon and Sage" to the devotional inspiration of "Jesus In My Heart." Expertly combining the melancholy sound of the violin, clever use of instrumentation, and poetic songwriting, Kindleyside leaves us inspired, enthused... and singing along.

Jennifer Knighten
Minor 7th Webzine
November/December 2005


Tennessee Musician Showcases Bobby Orr on CD

TENNESSEE - Musician, singer/songwriter Jamie Kindleyside has never been to Parry Sound, but he certainly knows all about hockey legend Bobby Orr.

After all, he's track number four (of course) on his third CD kind-le-sid.

In a telephone interview with the 36-year-old Massachusetts native, the North Star learned about his blue-collar music, his love of the Canadian game and his desire to visit the region and play at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.

"I'm a huge Bobby Orr fan. I really do wish I was a hockey player," said Mr. Kindleyside, who received a special thank you from the hockey legend when he heard his song.

The Bobby Orr-inspired song was one Mr. Kindleyside has been kicking around for a few years and only recently did it evolve into a song.

"It's kind of an old song. It went though a couple of changes, like I wish I was playing hockey now," he said. "Bobby was just so charismatic, you couldn't take your eyes off him when he was on the ice. I just wrote from my heart, from how I felt about it."

The song 'Cinnamon and Sage' is a song that gets a lot of requests and is also based on a true story, Mr. Kindleyside said.

"There was something about his story and the way that he was talking to me about his wife and her death that about a week later that whole song fell in my lap," he said. "I tried to be positive, but I thought it was a good chance to take a jab at corporate America."

His musical tastes are definitely reflected in this CD, especially in the first song, 'I Ain't Had Nothing.'

"I like country folk music from the 20s," he said. "As far as more modern music, I've always loved Van Morrison and everybody I know is in music and I love listening to their stuff too -- it just blows me away."

His fianceé and his faith are what keeps Mr. Kindleyside on the straight and narrow in such a questionable business.

"All it is is God's good humour and I'm just a blue-collar guy," he said. "These songs follow my heart."

Stephannie Johnson
Parry Sound North Star (Ontario)
May 25, 2005


The Spin:  Jamie Kindleyside

His voice brings to mind a rootsier Cat Stevens, and the new record [kind-le-sid] includes rollicking old-timey sounds à la Leon Redbone along with mountain spirituals and more current folk-rock reminiscent of Steve Earle and Malcolm Holcombe -- not to mention "Bobby Orr," the first anthem for an NHL legend that's crossed our desk in ages.

Nashville Scene
May 26, 2005



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