Hidden deep within Key Largo’s more “locals only” type bars, there is a rare and beautiful treasure: a songbird pouring forth his heart and soul. As the warm spotlights shine their beams down on him, he introduces his next song by saying, “I’m going to play an original.” Short, simple, and to the point, this modest singer prefers to do as little talking onstage as possible. He lets his music speak for him. The song he launches into is bluntly titled “Stupid Humans” and is the reason this article had to be written on this artist.
Watching and hearing Jimmy Mcguirl perform his music is a mind-opening experience. He takes the stage in his skinny jeans, Grateful Dead t-shirts, and a bandana worn across his forehead like a hippie’s headband. He dresses in a way that catches the eye – the obvious first impression. When he opens his mouth to sing, his unique hippie-punk sound pours out and penetrates the heart. Drawing influence from guitarists such as Hendrix, Lennon, Delonge, and a multitude of others, Mcguirl knows how to wail on his instrument – taking out any and all emotional angst on his guitar strings. Though the spectacle and the sound of his performance are unmatched, what makes Jimmy stand out most from his competition are his original lyrics.
Jimmy Mcguirl has his share of love songs, break up songs, and general angst songs, but in addition to all of that, he writes REAL songs. He writes about the Earth, the environment, human actions toward the environment and the consequences they create. “Stupid Humans” begins with the lines “Do the flowers cry…when giving us their oxygen/Do you wonder why… come on, you stupid humans.” In this song, he personifies flowers, Mother Earth, and a number of other natural elements. He does this to get his point across, but even more wonderfully, he does it because he actually feels it. The image of a flower crying because of human selfishness is powerful and profound and Jimmy knew that it would be striking enough to make people really think, but what is even more impressive is how much the guy truly believes the words he writes and then performs.
An intriguing artist, to say the least; he has a look and appearance that might make people quickly dismiss him as just another “hippie-punk” kid who is pissed off at the cops. While all of that may be true, if the crowd sticks around long enough to hear him play just one song, it is guaranteed that their opinion of Jimmy will change. His very being challenges everyone to open their minds and hearts, not just their eyes. That, along with his eco-friendly song “Stupid Humans,” is why he has earned the first “Green Activism Artist Spotlight” article.
If you are interested in hearing Jimmy Mcguirl perform (and you definitely should be!) Here is a short list of where and when you can find him:
-Sharkey’s Pub every Tuesday night – around 9 or 9:30pm
-Paradise Pub on Saturday nights – around 9pm.
If you are interested in booking Jimmy Mcguirl for a show (and you definitely should be!), please contact me individually.