Welcome to Big Rumble Music

New Song on the playlist: "Dancing With My Baby"

by James Vining.

Produced by Duncan Meiklejohn with vocals by April Gislason and Duncan Meiklejohn



The songs on the album reflect experiences of family life and are sure to appeal to anyone who has ever been a parent or a son or daughter.  Songs that everyone can relate to.


To hear the NEW SINGLE of Texas In Her Bones featuring Duncan Meiklejohn on vocal, scroll to the bottom of the playlist.  There are two different mixes of the song. 

A CD copy of A Big Rumble Out West is available at:

THE MUSIC PLANT IN CAMPBELL RIVER or download it from this website.


A portion of the sales will go to the Campbell River Salmon Foundation. 

A Big Rumble Out West Release Party:  NOVEMBER 7TH 2010


Breanne Watson
Opening the first copy of the CD. 







Bill Young
Bill really didn’t know what he was getting into when he said that he would help me record some of my songs.  He is the co-producer and electric guitar player on the album adding those great melodic lead lines.



Dallas Carrie
Great drummer - great shirts!




Amy Lelliot
Our back up vocalist extraordinaire!





Dave Hayward
Dave has a studio in London England where he recorded his steel and dobro tracks.  I met Dave on a trip to England in 2009 and he graciously agreed to record both the fiddle and steel tracks there. "Thank you for playing on the CD Dave, it was a priveldge to work with you".



Robert Winquist
It was very special for me to have Bob play on the CD. He is a long time friend from Victoria, B.C. He recorded his tracks at Dave’s studio in London. "I hope we can work together on another project in the near future Bob, you bring your special musical gift to every session".



It was great to have close friends and family at the first ‘listening’ of the CD.  Thanks to Bev Watson for many great photos(there'll be more on the blog soon).

The CD was released to the public at Still Water Books and Art in Campbell River, B.C. on Saturday November 27th, 2010.  Thank you Ruth and Trevor for hosting the event!

THE VIDEO - 'No Ordinary Man'  by Robert Siu. From the album -  A Big Rumble Out West.

Thanks to Robert Siu for his filming and editing work on this project. Robert is a media student at Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River and plans to attend film school in Vancouver upon graduation.  Also a big thank you to Dave Hayward in London for shooting the footage of the steel quitar and violin parts. We were envious of the nice spring weather they were having in London last spring as we watched the shots in the garden. 

Thanks also to Joe Shields for his expertise and support of this project.

Thanks to all the musicians who performed

Thanks to all the dad’s who participated in the video.




 Album covers printed by Ayaz Amlani at Sure Copy in Campbell River.

 "A Secret Quartet", is a selection of four songs written or co-written by James Vining.  It was re released and available in NOVEMBER 7TH 2012 (First released June 21st 2011)

1. Maybe You’re In There  

This song introduces a new young singer from Campbell River, Rose Decook accompanied by Chris Coon on guitar.  
I wrote this song in 1982 with lyricist Dave Richardson (Wildflower) and we produced a demo of the song in the summer of 1983 in LA. Our friend David Foster then came up to Victoria in December of 1983 and produced another demo version of the song with April Gislason doing the vocal.   It  remained in that form ever since so I thought it was time to release a new version.

2. Let’s Dream Tonight

This song features Norm Watson.  He was a well known country singer in Victoria, B.C. for many years.  We recorded this song at Legacy studios in Victoria in 1986.  He is accompanied by Cindy Church on vocals and  Natham Tinkum on electric guitar.   Both Cindy and Nathan were in Ian Tyson’s band for many years. Ian is still performing and is on a West Coast tour this June 2014. 

3. The Promise

This song features my wife Lorill playing flute and longtime friend Rob Carriere on vocals.  Graham Edwards plays bass guitar on this version.

4.The Promise Reprise

An instrumental version of The Promise done in a very different style than the vocal version.  The song features Bill Young on electric guitar, VP (Kai) Taylor on bass, Amanda Rogers on drums and James Vining piano and keyboards.
To listen to this CD go to The Albums in the sidebar then click on Select Playlist to choose 'A Secret Quartet'.

Thank you for listening to the songs on this CD. I hope there is something you like.

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Song Lyrics:


 Dancing In Heaven

V1.  Mom loved country music from her feet to her soul
You could tell by the smile in her eyes.
When the music came on she’d sing along
And dance with my dad awhile.

V2.  Rich in good friends many were country musicians
All of them dear to her heart.
When they’d play a song she’d sing along
And dance with my dad awhile.

The day she passed on as her last breath drew near
I was standing close by her side.
Got out my guitar strummed an old country song.
But she was already dancing  already dancing,
she was dancing in heaven with dad.

V3.  Always there to give whenever a need
Her old ways were always in style.
To friends she was true but when each day was through
She’d dance with my dad awhile.

Chorus (out)




 Lets Step Out Awhile

V1.  Put on a fancy dress, I’ll wear a tie
Let’s step out awhile, I’ll tell you why.
Grandma’s  got the kids, they’ll be fine
Tonight you can say, “Honey you’re all mine”.
Let’s step out awhile, I think it’s about time.

V2.  Spare no expense, just for tonight
I’ll work an extra shift, it’ll be alright.
We can talk the whole night through
You can talk about me I’ll talk about you
Let’s step out awhile, I think it’s about time.


That's the way it is it ain't hard to define
We've all got families and we're walking a line,
Cowboys and cowgirls stuck home on the range.
We know what it's like to have a problem or two
But we'll get through it like we always do,
We'll step out awhile and we'll have a time.

V3.  Let’s have one more dance, I’ll tell you why
Grandma’s got the kids and we know they’ll be fine.
But when we get home, the kids are still awake
Grandma fell asleep she was up too late
But we stepped out awhile and we had a time.

© January 2009 James Vining