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Too Fat To Surf

by Jim Betts

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If you could use only one word to describe Jim Betts' musical style, that word would be "Manomet". A rural gangster, a modern Mozart, finger blasting six strings like an unsupervised youth; Jim works on developing harmonies and symphonies that can bring tears to your ears. Drawing inspiration from the two love's of his life; smoking weed and bass fishing Jim has been able to accomplish more with his lyrics than Bruce Springsteen, more with his strumming than Doc Watson, Jim is a tour de force of awesomeness.

With his debut EP, "Too Fat To Surf", released by Handsome Lady Records, the deep grumble of The Man is let loose like prehistoric explosions ripping through the earth's crust. Recorded live with a single microphone and Handsome Lady Records' trusty 1973 TEAC reel-to-reel tape machine, there is nothing to soften the blows on this album. So sad you'd have to laugh, if only you weren't too fat, the songs on Too Fat To Surf are achingly honest, and that's a lot more than you can expect from most anyone these days.

With the support of all who read this and a hand shake from the devil, Jim hopes to exchange his freakish musical talents for a one of a kind 400hp bass tracking canoe and life time supply of cheap beer and spinner bait. We now leave you with the bad ass, bass hunting, pot ripping, bear punching, bird calling, side winding, lyric beating, heart pounding, newly hair cutted wild man. Ladies and gentle man, girls want him, guys want to be him, our dear friend. Mr. Jim Betts. American Folk Art shall never be the same.


released April 12, 2013

All songs recorded with a single microphone and some tape at the Handsome Lady Records Clubhouse - Greenpoint, NY.

Jim Betts - vocals
Jake Hill - acoustic guitar, vocals
Will Knox - banjitar, handclaps, vocals

Tracks 1, 4, & 6 written by Betts, Hill, and Gene
Track 2 written by a damn hard time of it
Track 3 written by Betts and Hill
Track 5 written by Betts and M.A. Mallet


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Handsome Lady Records Brooklyn, New York

Handsome Lady Records was born in New York City, October 2011 when 3 songwriters - Will Knox, Alec Gross & Jake Hill - acquired a tape machine, a microphone and some reels of tape. They started recording on this minimal set-up, and have stuck to this aesthetic ever since.

The label now features many Handsome songwriters & artists, all in the name of collaboration, cross-promotion & community.
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