What people have said about Jim's music
"I was really taken with Jim’s album The Further I Travel. It’s gorgeous. What a fabulous person he is too." (Anna Rose, Capital News & Northern Daily Leader)
Click on the image above to read the article that appeared in the November 2012 issue of Capital News.
Read the Northern Daily Leader article, November 1, 2012
“Jim Low’s new CD brings together a number of themes from an historian’s knowledge and love of Australia. Jim doesn’t adopt the twang but like (Gary) Shearston uses our accent for an unmistakably Australian album.Neither does he follow the current “folk” style of facile “it’s all about me” lyrics and breathless adolescent delivery … he’s got things to say and wants us to hear them.
Invasion and Indigenous dispossession at Myall Creek and Angledool, the dreams of explorers like Burke and Leichhardt, family and Sydney history in ‘Luna Park’, ‘Mr Eternity’ and ‘Engines of the Southern Cross’ and children’s goldrush graves create an historical framework for Jim’s songs. Most of the songs are beautifully realized and invite you to join.
The politics of Boundaries and Songs of Peace reveal Jim’s critique and vision about how Australia should be. As Jimmy Little observed, if you say it in song, people are more likely to get the message.”
(Rob Durbridge, Australian Options)
"The Further I Travel" is Jim Low's second album. If you like your music gentle and informative you cannot go past this CD. Jim is a talented singer/songwriter who deserves far more attention than he is getting. Jim sings of Australia's history and 12 of the 14 tracks arehis originals. The other two are Jim Harper poems set to music by the artist.The20 page information sheet contains the lyrics of each song together with a brief story behind each track. I would liked to have seen a foreword as Jim not only pens the songs he also goes into a lot of research to make sure the contents are historically accurate and this is not mentioned on the sleeve notes. This could be due to Jim Low's modesty as he comes across as a very decent human being.
To give you some idea the title track is about Robert O'Hara Burke, of Burke and Wills fame, and his love for a 15 year old girl named Julia. Before leaving on the expedition he gave Julia a gold bracelet which included a miniature photograph of himself.
The contribution given by Chloe Roweth on mandolin and backing vocal and Jason Roweth on fretless acoustic bass and backing vocal also deserves recognition. This is a beautifully crafted CD and I recommend it as a worthy addition to your library.
(Col Johnson, Traveller Radio FM 89.1)
Chloe and Jason Roweth with Jim Low
"The gentle mellow backing from the talented Chloe and Jason on mandolin and guitar blend beautifully with Jim’s soft yet very clear lyrics. Much thought and time has gone into perfecting the sound and arrangements, all making for easy listening."
- Margaret Bradford