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Jimmy and the Soulcats

Jimmy and the Soulcats
04062 Windham
Contact Person: Jimmy Junkins

Although born in Maine, it seems that Jimmy Junkins’ soul got "raised up" in Louisiana and Texas. Jimmy began playing guitar at the tender age of 7 on an old Sears Silvertone his dad bought for him. By his mid-teens, he was saturated in music from roots rock to bluegrass, soul, gospel, country, folk and blues.

Approaching his twenties, the blues stuck like glue. Forming several rock bands in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and while honing his guitar skills on The Allman Brothers, Cream, Hendrix etc., Jimmy’s yearning for the blues took him deeper into Freddie King, Albert King, B.B., T-Bone Walker, Guitar Slim and Magic Sam, and those recordings became his University of the Blues. With the birth of Jimmy and the Soulcats in the mid -1980s, he was finally able to perform the music he truly loves, playing everywhere from Maine to Memphis, Lubbock, TX to Canada.

In 1993, The Soulcats released “Things Have Gotta Change,” an album of entirely original blues songs penned by Jimmy. The album was distributed internationally and won Jimmy critical acclaim not only as a guitarist but also as a songwriter. The cut "You're not the One" from "Things Have Gotta Change" became a minor "shag" hit on WWBZ Myrtle Beach N.C. This recording received extensive airplay in Europe, often on top 10 blues charts as well as here in the states on AOR and college radio. “Things Have Gotta Change” also opened the doors to some of the most prestigious music venues in the country and appearances with heavies like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Robert Cray Band, Zora Young, Asleep at the Wheel (Grammy award winning Texas swing kings), Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, and a holy host of others. Jimmy and the Soulcats performed throughout New England on into the south, southwest and into Canada, releasing the follow-up CD “Powerful Love” (blu Rocket) in 1998, once again to critical acclaim.

After a three-year hiatus, the Soulcats reunited but appearances have been few and very selective. They have taken their time working on the newly released CD “Juke Joint Paradise,” which includes some really good blues in addition to musical influences from the Caribbean (where Jimmy performs a number of gigs every winter) as well as 1950s Cuban pop music.

“This CD is a little bit more than just the blues. I wanted to make this record a fun record,” Jimmy said.

A number of musicians have helped in the making of “Juke Joint Paradise,” including longtime Soulcat bassist Chris “Giz” Daniels; Blues Prophets drummer Jeff Davison; Kent Allyn on piano, organ and accordion; D.W. Gill of the Blues Prophets on harmonica; Marky Tipton on trumpet; Aaron Whitney on sax; and Jimmy’s wife, Ann Sparling, on mandolin and percussion.

In addition to several original tunes, Jimmy and the Soulcats perform their version of  “From a Jack to a King” (Ned Miller 1963), Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (Little Walter) and Dean Martin’s “Sway.”

listen to several new tunes from Jimmy and the Soulcats new CD, “Juke Joint Paradise.” For more information about the Soulcats, check out their web site:



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