Jim and the French Vanilla is the solo project of Jim Blaha of the Blind Shake. Blaha grew up in Lake City, Minnesota and started playing guitar at a young age after listening to a lot of old blues records by artists like Bo Diddley, and the aggressive rock music evident in Blaha's other projects.
Jim and the French Vanilla’s second album, "II", is a treasure hunt in a dementia ward - surprises all around. Self-recorded by Blaha in his bedroom on cassette four-track, these songs explore the loneliness of discovery and the thrill of misery. The music comes across as stripped down garage rock with haunting distant sounds.
Occasionally other members of the Blind Shake appear on this project via live performances and recordings. Also notable is the fact that Mike Blaha, Jim's brother, mixed the album and plays drums on a few tracks.