A former welder who cut his teeth behind Otis Rush, Freddie King and Magic Sam, blues singer and guitarist Jimmy Johnson has carved a distinctive niche in a Chicago blues scene teeming with talent. A consummate bandleader, his soulful vocals and jazzy guitar licks are rendered with a tasteful passion that emphasizes the groove, and places group sound above the individual. Since 1978, when Jimmy first broke with a Grammy nomination for his contributions to Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1 (Alligator), his career has garnered international acclaim.
As a band leader Johnson has released numerous successful recordings world-wide, including the 1999 hit Every Road Ends Somewhere (Ruf), the W.C. Handy Award-winning I’m A Jockey (Verve, 1995), and Bar Room Preacher (Alligator, 1985), which iTunes hails “his most satisfying and consistent album [that] delivers gorgeous, shimmering vocals and twisting guitar riffs.”
Performing has also spanned the globe with headline gigs at prestigious festivals, concert halls and universities from Europe to Japan and across North America. Whether preaching the blues from festival and concert hall stages, or packing the dance floor at colleges and clubs, Jimmy can please any audience; uninitiated and die-hard blues lovers alike.