Tabula Rasa

With the long-anticipated arrival of his third album, Tabula Rasa, Jim resets his musical compass and shows us another side of his creativity, while still retaining his classic sonic signature. Always honest, always real, with subtle tinges of Tom Petty, Paul Simon, The Wallflowers and Mark Knopfler peeking out from behind strong melodies and creative lyrics.

When asked about the curious title for his new album Jim confides, “I just felt it was time in my career to, in a sense, wipe my music slate clean. I no longer felt compelled to try to fit into any certain genre mold – I wanted to give my writing and producing more air and space to breathe…to grow. Hence the album’s title, Tabula Rasa, which is a Latin term for an interesting theory that proposes that we’re all born without any built-in mental content, a blank slate so to speak, and that every bit of our knowledge comes from our individual experiences and perceptions.

If the theory of tabula rasa is valid and perceptions and experiences count for everything, then experiencing Jim’s songs on Tabula Rasa should definitely be on everyone’s content list. With the exception of the drums, played brilliantly by Austin’s Brandon Storms, Jim performed all the instruments and vocals on the album, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. “Doing all the work myself definitely contributed to the album’s 11-year time-frame,” laughs Halfpenny, “but it also allowed me a level of quality-control that I’ve never had in past recording projects.”

Tabula Rasa

"Tabula Rasa is a finely produced and written album. Fans of Americana in general should queue this one up...words and melodies which hit at your heart."
Jaime Funk
Divide and Conquer Music, UK

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Now available everywhere online music is sold and streamed

Please note: Until the album’s official release date of August 27 the only track available to listen to on the Preview Player is the Instant Gratification track, KING OF AVALON. After 8/27/21 all the tracks will be active in the Preview Player.


TABULA RASA is now available on iTunes, Amazon Music and everywhere online music is sold and streamed. To purchase on iTunes, use your iTunes app on either your computer or cell phone and type JIM HALFPENNY in the search bar – you will easily find it, along with my other albums. To purchase on Amazon Music, simply click the blue link below. Thank you for your support!

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Inner Liner / Lyrics


Coming 8/20/21

The Folks Back Home video was shot this summer in and around our hometown of Brawley, CA. The idea behind the video was conceived by my lovely wife, Laurie and she and I directed. I did the (jittery) camera work on a combination of iPhone, DSLR, FlipCam and a DJI drone that I almost crashed or lost at least five times. It was a blast to shoot though, and we enlisted the support and help of a small gaggle of our high school buds who make brief cameos throughout the video - thanks Rick, Ray and Nancy! We hope you all enjoy it! - Jim

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