LITTLE JIMMY KING
Memphis-based left-handed guitar player Little Jimmy King was one of the most exciting blues players to emerge on the scene in the 1990s. King was born December 4, 1968, as Manuel Gales but renamed himself for his two favorite guitar heroes, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King. He got started as a rock & roller, but by the mid-'80s had switched to blues. By 1988, he had left the Memphis blues scene to go on the road with his hero as part of Albert King's band. The late Albert King called Little Jimmy his grandson, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan also had high praise for the young guitarist. In a moment King will never forget, Vaughan told him: "Play on, brother, you've got it. Don't stop playing for nobody."
King's self-titled debut was released in 1991 on the Rounder Bullseye Blues label, and he followed it up in 1994 with Something Inside of Me, on which he's accompanied by former Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris "Whipper" Layton. King can also be heard playing guitar on Ann Peebles's Full Time Love and Otis Clay's I'll Treat You Right and On My Way Home. King's 1995 record with his two guitar playing brothers, Eric Gales and Eugene Gales, Left Hand Brand was released by the House of Blues label in 1995. While the brothers often played gigs together, Left Hand Brand is the only album they made. In 1997 King released his third record for Bullseye Blues, the Willie Mitchell produced Soldier For the Blues.
Little Jimmy King died suddenly on July 19, 2002 after suffering a heart attack at the young age of 34. King's live shows, as documented on 2002's Live at Monterey, like his three highly praised studio recordings for Bullseye Blues, were full of fire and fury, passionate guitar playing within the context of his band, the Memphis Soul Survivors, great vocals and clever songs. His presence and playing are sure to be missed. - answers.com
Something Inside Of Me (1994) @VBR [V0]
Little Jimmy King's second Bullseye/Rounder session matches the slashing guitarist with the rhythm section that once backed Stevie Ray Vaughan. King soars on these 11 cuts; while he lacks Vaughan's speed and is more a straight blues technician, he plays with more imagination and drive than on his debut. He contributes six originals and does a competent job of reworking material by Elmore James, Albert King, and even Phil Collins. While there's nothing here startling or surprising, King effectively teams with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, and producer/organist Ron Levy crafts an entertaining program of contemporary blues-rock with vintage sensibilities and overtones. HERE
TRACKS: 01. Under Pressure 02. Can't You See What You're Doin' To Me 03. Something Inside of Me 04. Win, Lose, or Draw 05. Blues Been Good To Me 06. Strange Brew 07. Baby, Baby 08. Shouldn't Have Left Me 09. Unlovable 10. Resolution # 1 11. Upside Down & Backwards
Live At B.B. Kings, LA (2008) @320
Until his untimely death in 2002, guitarist Little Jimmy King was keeping electric blues alive, specializing in Memphis-style blues and drawing inspiration from his mentors, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King (the two artists from whom he took his stage name). LIVE AT B.B. KING'S, L.A., finds the young six-string slinger tearing through a set of amped-up, Southern-fried barnburners with a band that rises to the occasion. The focus, naturally, is on King's voice, his appealing tunes, and his fiery, impassioned playing. HERE
TRACKS: 01. Intro - Here We Go Again 02. Can't You See What You Doing To Me? 03. Cross Cut Saw 04. Standing In The Rain 05. Somebody 06. Red House 07. Don't Burn Down The Bridge 08. Hand Me Downs 09. Hey Joe 10. Angel Of Mercy
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