James Kinds – Love You From The Top (w/ Eddie Shaw)
Delmark DE 811 (2010)
Bluesman James Kinds was born in Drew, Mississippi in 1943 and moved to Chicago in 1959 where he quickly became involved in the music scene. He hung out at blues clubs on the west side and formed his first group, Oasis, in 1967. He recorded “Ada” in the mid-’70s for Cloud 9 and it’s still James’ show-stopping closer that he sang at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival. In 1982, Oasis issued West Side featuring guests Barkin’ Bill, Eddie “Jewtown” Burks, Jimmy Dawkins and Hip Linkchain. In 1993, James drove his daughter to Dubuque, Iowa for college and while he was there he saw some wonderful real estate opportunities and made the move from Chicago. Since then he has continued to play the blues, issuing three CDs and maintaining a Chicago presence by visiting and performing here often. This is James’ first Delmark CD and features special guest Eddie Shaw on tenor sax.