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Sweet Jimmy Williams / Bio

I started playing in clubs at 17. At age 22 went on the road touring across the country for 3 years. Returned home and played in various bands, rock, country, blues, etc. In 1986 started a band called Crosscut. Crosscut opened for Elvin Bishop, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Chris Hammersmith, Maria Muldaur, Randy Hansen, Junior Wells, and many others. In 1992 joined a band in Folsom called the Dangerous Dam Band. The band included current members of the Elvin Bishop Band, Randy Forrester keyboards who went on to play with Eddie Money for 10 years. The late Daddy Ray Arvizu on saxophone who also played with Charlie Musslewhite. Donny Baldwin on drums who played for Elvin, The Jefferson Starship and the Jerry Garcia Band. This band ran the jam session on Sundays at the Sutter Street Saloon for two years and gave me my blues nickname, “Sweet” Jimmy Williams. We also did gigs in the Bay Area and private parties around town. We also opened for Savoy Brown, Elvin Bishop, and many others. We also had guests from the Bay Area sit in, Snooky Flowers horn player from Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band. Slick Aguilar guitarist with the Jefferson Starship. The late great Norton Buffalo solo artist and awesome harmonica player for the Steve Miller Band. Terry Hanck horn player for Elvin Bishop and solo artist, and many others. I also had a chance to play with a few people whenever Elvin’s guys had to hit the road. I played with Charlie Musslewhite’s piano player the late great Stu Blank and the late great Omar Sharif on piano. In 1995 I started and fronted my own trio originally named Toucan Barking later changed to The Jimmy Williams Band lasted for about 13 years. We opened for Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker and the Boss Talkers, and many others. In 2011 decided to focus on recording an acoustic solo CD of my own material.

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Sweet Jimmy Williams
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Pollock Pines, CA