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Kirk James Blues / Bio

Kirk James is solidly grounded in the Texas Blues tradition, playing Ragtime, Texas Shuffles and funky grooves. His unmistakable phrasing mixed with bottleneck slide conjures images of T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Lightnin' Hopkins. A blues performer for over 30 years, Kirk is known for his strong blues guitar style and distinctive vocals. James plays both original material and also classics from the Blues Masters.
Growing up in Dallas, Texas, and listening to such greats as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Reverend Gary Davis, Kirk developed an interest in blues early in life. A musician since the age of five, he recalls, "I grew up in a musical family, it has always been a part of me. I can't imagine living without music."
Kirk's interest as a motorcycle enthusiast has brought him to perform for motorcycle clubs, rallies and events in Colorado and the Southwest region. He can been seen and heard playing in concerts, festivals and venues around the Southwest region.

Kirk James has opened Concerts for:
Devon Allman - 2016
Charlie Musselwhite - 2015
Shelby Lynne - 2014
Tab Benoit - 2001 & 2012
James McMurtry - 2012
Los Lonely Boys - 2011
Hazel Miller - 2010
Coco Montoya - 2010
Tim Reynolds - 2010
Band of Heathens - 2009
Eric Johnson - 2007
David Allan Coe - 2006
Johnny Rawls - 2005
John Lee Hooker Jr. - 2005
B.T.O. - 2004
Edgar Winter - 2003
Arlo Guthrie - 2003
Creedence Clearwater Revisited - 2003
Al DiMeola - 2000
Joanna Conner Band - 2000
Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers - 1999
Francine Reed - 1998
Paul Geremia - 1998
Richie Havens - 1996
Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women - 1995
Bobcat Golthwait - 1994
Lil' Ed Williams & the Blues Imperials - 1993
Johnny 'Clyde' Copeland - 1992
John Hammond - 1992
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - 1991 & 1997

Festival and Rally Performances:
Durango Blues Train - 2011, 2013 & 2014
Durango Labor Day Street Party - 2013-2016
Gateway Canyons BBQ Blues Fest - 2009, 2010
Animas River Blues Festival - 2006, 2008, 2010
Victory Motorcycle Rally - 2006 & 2007
Ride the Divide Rally - 2005
Four Corners Rally in The Rockies - 2003-2005
Durango Summer Music Festival - 2004
Wildflower Music Festival - 2003
Snowbowl Blues Festival - 2002
Four Corners Iron Horse Rally - 2000 & 2001
Silverton Rhythm Harvest Festival - 2000
Purgatory Cruise & Blues Festival - 2000
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 'Tweener - 1999
Winner - Telluride Blues Contest - 1998
Four Corners Folk Festival - 1996
June Bug Blues Festival - 1996
Tucson Blues Festival - 1995
Silverton Folk Festival - 1989, 1990 & 1991

General Info

Band Members
Kirk James - Guitar/Vocals, Hal Lott - Bass, Steve Dejka - Drums
Artist Name
Kirk James Blues
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/kirkjames
Active Since
01/96
Genres
Blues / Rock / Acoustic Blues

Contact Info

Location
Durango, CO

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