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Big Jim Adam

Jim grew up in a small town in southeast Kansas, and while everyone else his age was listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Jim was listening to Lightnin' Hopkins, Jimmy Reed and Son House. He started playing blues clubs at the advanced age of 13, and these legendary blues figures, along with artists like Sam and Dave and Wilson Pickett, became great influences on both his vocal and guitar style.

His family attended a small Baptist church, and Jim had the opportunity to merge these blues influences with gospel music, which draws strongly from the blues tradition. He led and performed gospel musicand sang, along with his four brothers, in churches throughout the surrounding area.

Jim took a four year break from music while he served in the United States Marine Corps, but says "he still had the Blues." After his military service, Jim and his family relocated to Southern California. There he picked up his guitar again and made his living as a musician, performing the blues throughout L.A. and Orange County. He also was in demand as a studio vocalist with the top recording studios in the L.A. area.

As a songwriter Jim was very involved with the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS) and the National Academy of Songwriters. He eventually would have several film credits and a couple of songs cut by Edgar Winter. His credits include the film, The Waterdance, which starred Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz and Helen Hunt, in which both his song and performance were used.

Jim eventually moved with his family to Colorado Springs where he continues to perform and where he also runs Jimbo‘s Take 2, an outstanding blues and acoustic music club that has hosted such notables as John Hammond Jr., Bob Margolin, Otis Taylor and Michael Johnson along with outstanding local and regional acts. The Jim Adam Blues Band packs the house every time they play, and "Big Jim" Adam is a prominent figure on the regional blues scene.

Jim's new album, Rock Island Line, a collection of traditional and original blues material, has been enthusiastically received by audiences and by radio and is enjoying wide spread airplay. "His sound is genuine delta pluck to slidin' contemporary blues, and the vocals are impeccable....front man Jim Adam is a consummate entertainer…" (Pikes Peak Blues Community) He is quickly being discovered by a national audience, and is looking forward to touring and meeting a larger audience in the year ahead.

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