Jimmi Mayes played his drums behind blues giants Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Reed, Robert Junior Lockwood, Earl Hooker, Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. He lived for a while with Motown sensation Martha Reeves and her family and traveled with the Shirelles and the Motown Review. Jimi Hendrix was one of Mayes's best friends, and they traveled together with Joey Dee and the Starliters in the mid-1960s.
STEVIE J BLUES
Stevie J. Blues "Lil' Mo Love" (Official Music Video) Song Lil' Mo Love from the new CD Back2Blues.
Stevie J Blues' powerful new single and video "A Lil' Mo' Love" takes on hate Mississippi guitar master Stevie J. Blues has had enough. Frustrated with nightly news drenched in violence and hate and neighborhoods struggling with crime and poverty, the smooth-voiced bluesman has launched a message of strength and unity with the searing video for his new single “A Lil’ Mo’ Love.’
The tightly constructed video, shot by veteran Mississippi visual artist J.D. Lawrence, is the perfect complement to Stevie J’s music; it is at once timeless and contemporary, cutting edge and rich in tradition. From Back2Blues, released Nov. 2016, Mississippi Delta Records.
JIMM MAYES DISCOGRAPHY Recent Releases
SPECIAL INTEREST RECORDINGS
Jimmi Mayes was the Drummer on the following Jimi’ Hendrix CDs
The Cry of Love – “My Friend”
First Rays of the New Rising Sun Part 1
First Rays of the New Rising Sun Part 2
Maree Sunrise – My Friend and Georgia Blue
People, Hell, and Angels
Let Me Move You
BACK2BLUES Reviews and Charts are Strong
BACK 2 BLUES placed on Roots Music Charts in TWO categories of the TOP 50 National Contemporary Blues and Rock Blues. BACK 2 BLUES placed in the Top 30 Southern Soul, Rhythm & Blues Albums.
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Jimmi Mayes with Jimmy Lee Jr. at the B.B. King Recording Studio
STEVIE J BLUES
2009 Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year at the Jus Blues Awards
2009 Represented Central Mississippi Blues Society at the International Blues Society in Memphis, TN
2008 Best New Artist - Southern Soul Blues Reader's Poll
Stevie J Blues was a member of the B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band in New Orleans, Louisiana. He toured with Bobby Rush throughout Switzerland and France. Recorded with Bobby Rush, Shirley Brown, Mel Waiters, Vick Allen, Denise LaSalle and Dorothy Moore to name a few. He has played on a number of demos with writer George Jackson for Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Bob Seger. He recorded with Bobby Rush on his "Folk Funk" album in 2004, and was also featured with Rush on "Live At Ground Zero," and Martin Scorsese's series: "The Blues."
Stevie J Blues
MY WHOLE LIFE IS A SHUFFLE JIMMI MAYES
My Whole Life is a Shuffle (Coming in 2017) will be recorded at the B.B. King Studio located on the Mississippi Valley State University campus.