First Things First

First Things First marks the first solo album to come from Jim Halfpenny. Up to this point Jim had been living in Los Angeles as a film composer and performing in his band Native Alien. After his move to Texas Hill Country in 2002, Jim constructed a recording studio and FTF was the first project to come out of the new facility. First Things First was produced and engineered by Jim, and he wrote all the songs that appear on the album. Players involved in the recording are JIM HALFPENNY (Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica, Organ and Piano), BRANDON STORMS (Drums, Vocals), MARK KELLOGG (Bass), JOHN MILLS (Soprano & Tenor Sax), JON KEMPPAINEN (Violin), JOE CORDI (Accordion, Piano) and LUCILLE BORELLA (Vocals). After it’s release in the spring of 2006 the album soon found its way to the airwaves both locally in Austin and regionally on independent radio stations across Central Texas. Honors came in the spring of 2009 when Jim’s saxophone-laced “newgrass” tune, Severe Weather was selected to be on Austin NPR’s first-ever Texas Music Matters Playlist – being one of only 15 songs chosen out of hundreds of submissions. Maria Mesa of Austin Daze Magazine wrote, “Halfpenny writes deep, thought provoking lyrics. Catchy songwriting, experienced musicianship, and a quality well-polished production…one of the better singer/songwriter albums that have come my way.”


"With “First Things First”, Jim Halfpenny has managed to infuse earthy roots with a pure devotion to telling lyrically exquisite stories."
Zack McKinney


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The Roadway is the featured video from First Things First. Shot in a whirlwind afternoon on dozens of back roads in the Texas Hill Country, the Roadway gives a good slice of both the Texas countryside and a glimpse of a by-gone stage. The video combines footage from a live performance at the iconic, but now defunct Austin music venue, Jovitas, with bucolic vistas from roadway scenes out near Luckenbach, TX. All the driving , camera work were done by Jim, his wife Laurie and his friend Steve Walker. It was an exciting project. Enjoy!

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