Special/Signature Issues » 2012 Music Issue

5. Jim Ivins Band, “Run” 4:22

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“Run” is one of those sing-a-long anthems that car radio speakers were made for. “I like to make music that makes people feel good,” says the baby-faced Ivins, soon to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in public relations. The Jim Ivins Band is something of a family affair — brother Jack mans the drums, longtime cohorts Bobby Gray and Drew Martin handle bass and guitars — and the quartet’s melodic brand of pop rock has won favor after numerous gigs at the Canal Club and opening stints for the likes of Pat McGee and Cracker. “Run” is available on the group’s most recent EP, “Everything We Wanted.” It’s the second time that it’s taken a stab at the melodic tune. “After we did it the first time, it occurred to me,” Ivins says, “‘Oh, that’s what I should have done.’” facebook.com/thejimivinsband.

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