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Friends of Sims

Friends of Sims: Celebrating 20 Years of Listening


Available on CD at:
Waterloo Records
Antone’s Records
End of an Ear
Herb Bar
Lulu B’s
Uncommon Objects
South Congress Books
Soup Peddler
Space Recording & Rehearsal
Music Lab
The Sound Gallery
People Pharmacy


Friends of Sims: Celebrating 20  Years of Listening, is a collection of cover songs spanning a wide array of artists including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Nick Drake, David Bowie,  The Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan, Judas Priest, Neil Young and more.

Produced by Kyle Ellison, Friends of Sims: Celebrating 20 Years of Listening, features local Austin musicians of national and international acclaim: Sally Allen, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, Laura Scarborough, Jeremy Nail, Sabrina Applicator and Paul Leary, Doyle Bramhall II, Broken Teeth, Ian Moore, Chris Layton, and many more. The collection also features a newly re-mastered, previously unreleased song by Pariah, Kyle and Sims Ellison’s band. 

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Track List:
01 Refugee – Sally Allen
02 I Wanna Be Your Dog – Sabrina Applicator & Paul Leary
03 Moonage Daydream – Charlie Sexton
04 Love – Laura Scarborough
05 She – Jeremy Nail
06 She’s About A Mover – Chris Layton
07 Rip This Joint – The Happen-Ins
08 I Thank You – Doyle Bramhall II
09 War Of Man – Jeremy Nail, Sally Allen, Savannah Welch, Kyle Ellison
10 Black Eyed Dog – Ian Moore
11 Gimme Danger –  Alejandro Escovedo
12 Breaking The Law – Broken Teeth
13 Diary Of A Madman – Kyle Ellison
14 It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Pariah


The making of Friends of Sims


For the first time in a long time I found myself not in a band. I wanted to make a record for Sims. I wanted to give back. I wanted to make a record that was full of beauty and love that reflected all the beauty and love Sims gave. It’s the 20th Anniversary of the SIMS Foundation but also of my brother Sims’s death. I wanted to create something to celebrate his life, his fun sprit and the fun we had together.

I got a band together with John Michael and Kyle Schneider (who I played with in Roky Erickson’s band) and began recording some of my favorite cover songs. Songs just came to me, haunted me, and I knew that we were supposed to do each one. I called friends of Sims that I thought would be interested in singing specific tracks. I knew Charlie Sexton could nail “Moonage Daydream” and Jeremy Nail would be perfect for “She.” The first track we cut was Sabrina Worthington on “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” She came in and blew me away along with everyone in the studio.  There was no pressure, no expectations, just music. It was easy and it flowed and at times it felt like divine intervention. I lived every note of this record, every song was right in tune with what was happening each time we recorded. Everyone who played on this record did it out of a love of music and Sims and to celebrate him and his memory.

Sims guided me every step of the way on this record, from the name, Friends of Sims to the cover. The cover came to me in a vision: a bunny coming out of Sims hat. That’s what this record felt like, pulling a rabbit out of a hat, beauty manifested from thin air.  My friend Amanda sent me a picture of her bunny, Bruce, nearly the same one I saw in my vision.  He was a one take wonder, he just sat in the hat when we took the picture that is now the album cover of Friends of Sims. It was perfect and reminds me of all the magic and wonder Sims had.

I truly hope everyone enjoys this record as much as we did making it with love…for Sims…for everyone.

Kyle Ellison
Brother of Sims Ellison



Over the last 20 years, SIMS has become a vital support service for the Austin music industry. SIMS has served thousands of music professionals with quality care and our impact can be measured in the many clients who report healthy relationships, relief from depression and anxiety, recovery from substance abuse, and return to productive music making.