Jimmie Stagger’s Blues Odyssey began in 1965 when bought his first guitar. After gigging with various local bands for a few years, Jimmie founded the Wealthy Street Sheiks in 1970. Dedicated to the performance and preservation of the old time “back porch” and “juke joint” styles, the Sheiks ripped it up with their bawdy antics. Jimmie’s accompaniment of Bukka White highlighted the Sheiks appearance at the first Grand Valley Blues Festival in 1972.
Late in 1972, Jimmie formed a musical partnership with the legendary guitarist and songwriter Frank Salamone. It was during this time that Jimmie met the string band blues master Carl Martin. Carl encouraged Jimmie to develop his talents on the mandolin, fiddle and bottleneck guitar. Carl so enjoyed Jimmie’s playing that he invited him on stage at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at the National Folk Festival in Washington, DC in 1976.
After returning to his original love of the electric guitar and honing his chops in local bar bands, Jimmie said, “enough is enough” and established the “Jimmie Stagger” Band in 1980. Since then there has been no turning back!
Currently, the three piece line up allows Stagger’s guitar prowess to shine through loud and clear. With a big, rich voice reminiscent of Jimmy Thackery, but with an elasticity that makes it far more expressive, Stagger is a compelling storyteller who makes you feel his pain and share his joy. In recognition he received the best Blues CD “Jammie” award from WYCE Radio in 2002 for “The Triumphant Return of Slim Jim”.