Jim is without a doubt one of the preeminent drummers currently active on the Canadian roots music scene. He is full of creative ideas that benefit each and every session he appears on.
President Electro-Fi Records
"Jim's incomparable blues shuffle and infectious groove will bend your ears the first time you hear him play. An inspiring musician with decades of experience and accolades, I highly recommend any of Jim's recorded performances to any drummer who's serious about playing music for a living!"
Artist Relations - Sonor Drums Canada
"Whether it is listening with the ears of an orchestral percussionist or chasing down the complexity of a big band chart, Jimmy has the tools to make it seem completely under control. Jimmy lays down the law and order every performance requires."
J. Richard Hutt
Record producer / owner Cedartree Recording Studio
"I recall seeing Jimmy play a shuffle in Toronto one night, and I remember at the time thinking this has to be the best left hand shuffle groove I have ever heard! The band was so locked in the groove, and it all came from his left hand. He was smokin’ that night and he's burning these days!"
President/Owner - Headhunter Drumsticks
"I was so moved by his groove...he is one of those professionals that when you´ve seen him play once you want to experience it again. And if you haven´t, I´m telling you, you should."
International recording/touring artist and clinician
"Oh yeah, I like Jimmy! He can stay in the pocket all night long!"
Blues legend/ Harmonica player
Jim Boudreau is known as a “musician's musician”, a true professional with a strong commitment to integrity. His drums always sound great and the groove is awesome! Jim proudly endorses Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Headhunter Drumsticks.
Jim was the honored recipient of the 2016 Mel Brown Award as presented by the Kitchener TD Blues Festival. Past recipients include Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Vaughn and Buddy Guy. 2016 also saw Jim nominated for Drummer of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).
He has staked out a successful 30 year career as a superb drummer with a bedrock of experience that has taken him through many musical genres.
A diverse range of artists have employed Jim for his creativity and dynamic spark. Artists such as blues legends Mel Brown, Snooky Pryor, the original soul man Sam Moore, Peter Noone (of Hermans Hermits), The Mamas and the Papas, and Canadian country music stars The Western Swing Authority and Jason McCoy.
Studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Humber College, years of club dates, recording sessions and international road tours led Jim to associations with many artists including the highly esteemed Mississippi blues guitarist Mel Brown. These partnerships have resulted in numerous accolades from the organizers of the W.C. Handy Awards (USA), The Academie du Jazz (France), Soul Bag Magazine (France), The Juno Awards (Canada), The CCMA Awards (Canada), and Maple Blues Awards (Canada).
Along the way Jim’s excursion into country music has gained him status as one of Canada’s premier touring and recording drummers. He is now proudly the full time regular drummer for The Western Swing Authority...a Texas swing band garnishing national and international awards and attention.