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Jim George's strong, soulful, sandpapery voice, with echoes of Steve Marrott, Rod Stewart and Paul Rodgers, is the centerpiece of a potent mix of crunchy rock 'n 'roll, blues and classic soul/R&B not heard since the heyday of those legendary singers’ respective bands, Humble Pie, The Faces and Free.
In a time of one-trick ponies, Stevie Ray Vaughan clones and rock without any roll, the high octane singer-guitarist mixes and matches genres and delivers the goods with an impassioned gospel-like intensity all too rare these days.
Besides offering original material with dynamics, wit and world-class songwriting [his tunes have been used on the USA series "Burn Notice," the ABC-Family’s "The Secret Life of The American Teenager," NBC-TV’s “My Name is Earl," the Fox series "Vanished" and the independent feature film "Neo Ned,” (starring Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union), George also rejuvenates old classics with his ability to make a song his own. His musical commingling of the influences of ‘70s British blues-rock bands and ‘60s soul/R&B greats results in a style with an appeal which cuts across all demographic lines.
Backed by a spare lean-and-mean bass-and-drums rhythm section, the pint-sized performer is a dynamo, churning out guitar licks from the Keith Richards-Chuck Berry-Steve Cropper school and punctuating the music with rhythmic flourishes and body english like a three-quarter-scale Pete Townshend. He has held his own whether headlining or pre-heating audiences for such names as Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Ian McLagan, The Holmes Brothers, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown, Walter Wolfman Washington, Gary Hoey, Eddie Money, Johnny A, Trampled Under Foot, Starz and Eric Steckel.
George also brings to his music a vast knowledge and understanding of music history, courtesy of his years working as a freelance journalist for not only his hometown newspaper but also such international publications as Guitar World, Guitar and Prevue. He has interviewed and had conversations with such legendary musical figures as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton , Marvin Gaye and Steve Cropper.
Putting the soul back into rock 'n' roll, Jim George is, in an era of retro posers, “The Real Stuff” (which, not coincidentally, is the title of his first five-song CD which has proved its mettle by yielding the aforementioned song placements). His current offering is the compilation “Jim George 101,” which is comprised of 10 studio tracks and five home demos.