Jim Mesi has been a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest music scene for years. Originally from Portland, Mesi was one of the founding members of Brown Sugar, the original R&B band in the Pacific NW, and a seminal influence on the NW blues scene: Brown Sugar spawned the Paul Delay Band, for which Jim was the lead guitarist for several years. But Mesi hasn't confined his talents to just the local scene. He has toured and played with many nationally renowned acts, including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Albert Collins, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Otis, John Hammond, Mary Wells, and a host of other top entertainers.
Jim's guitar style is unique, masterful and evocative. He has the rare ability to engage audiences of all kinds and tastes with his powerful, melodic and emotional artistry. He has won numerous awards, including best band, best guitarist nine times and five awards from Fresh Weekly Magazine. He was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association's Blues Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He has received consistently enthusiastic reviews from many major newspapers and has been featured in Rolling Stone and Sunset magazines. One review summed it up well: "Guitar monster Mesi is one of the few players who give the impression that every possible sound and solo is at his fingertips… you will not only dance the night away but also witness a graduate-level seminar in riffology."
After his lengthy stint on the national scene, Mesi returned to his home town and formed the Jim Mesi Band in 1989. His experience, uncanny musicianship, and solid professionalism have resulted in one of the most sought after, frequently booked and highly regarded bands around. Playing an ever-changing, eclectic, and crowd-pleasing blend of musical styles, the Jim Mesi Band plays clubs, concerts and festivals all over the West Coast and beyond. The band's European tours have included dates in Iceland, England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, and Macedonia.