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He ain't young and pretty, but he can really sing the blues
Big Jim's best instrument is his rich baritone voice, which lends him an attention-grabbing authority. His skill at storytelling, emotional singing and the honest musicianship of his acoustic guitar with that right hand thumping the bass while strumming never fails to captivate his audience.
Enjoyed opening for legendary rock and rollers Edgar Winter
and Rick Derringer on New Year's Eve in Colorado Springs
2012 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition
The Blues and Brews line-up may not be as Blues focused as some veteran festival goers would like, but for every groan there are 100 cheers for what Blues and Brews has evolved into. The festival definitely proved it still has beer as a main focus, and the Acoustic Blues Competition that was also kept in the forefront. After Osborne, contest winner Jim Adams put the stank on it, and gave us some of the best and most authentic blues I have heard in a while. Mr. Dumm was blown away as well: ”This man definitely deserved winning the Acoustic Blues competition — We arrived to the strains of the standard “Come On In My Kitchen,” which would have made Robert Johnson proud. While the lineup for the fest was indeed amazing this year, there was a surprising lack of true traditional blues — and Jim Adams certainly did his part to remedy this fact. With a powerhouse voice in the vein of Albert King or Warren Haynes, and a strong percussive acoustic guitar sound, this guy deserves an invite back to the festival, this time with his full band.”
**International Blues Challenge Finalists**
Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen feel very privileged to have made it to the finals during the 2011 International Blues Challenge -- Solo/Duo Category. Thank you Colorado Blues Society for selecting us to represent you!