'Blues Island magnificently captures the live feel and heart of the blues in a studio setting. The whole CD is top notch.' - Betty Lenz / The Beat June 1998 'Supplying straight-forward, gravel-rough Chicago blues with a bite, as the name implies, The Chicago Kingsnakes put a good spin on their original tunes.' - Patrick O'Donnell / Blues On Stage - July 1999 'Fans of no-nonsense blues will want to check out Blues Island. Some of the most viciously strangled vibrato is on display here...ESSENTIAL!' - Tom Hyslop / Blues Revue - October 1998 BIOGRAPHY The Chicago Kingsnakes were formed in 1983 by guitarist / vocalist James Anderson. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 on a homemade instrument crafted from a cigar box, rubber bands and thumb tacks. A lifelong resident of Chicago, he received his musical education on the city's infamous south side, where he played with the likes of guitar greats Buddy Guy, Lefty Dizz and Son Seals, harmonica legends James Cotton and Junior Wells and the Queen of The Blues, Koko Taylor. James has toured the nation with Sun, Chess, Bobbin, Stax and Malaco recording artist Little Milton. Anderson also played guitar with Johnny Twist's Rocka-Boogie Blues Band touring the midwest for three years. In 1992 The Kingsnakes befriended Byther Smith. The band has become 'Smitty's' road band and has accompanied him on tours of the United States, Finland, The Netherlands and Canada. In addition they played on Byther's 'I'm A Mad Man' CD on the Bullseye record label. On June 5th 1994 Byther Smith andThe Kingsnakes performed on the Main Stage of the 11th Annual Chicago Bluesfest in Grant Park. This friendship is sustained by occasional tours with Byther. The other musicians in the band have worked with such blues notables as Albert Collins, Freddie King, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Clay, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Cash McCall, and Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows, just to name a few. In 1998 The Kingsnakes released a CD of original material entitled 'Blues Island' . The disk was very well recieved by the press. Blues Revue, a national blues magazine, called Blues Island 'Essential'. Chicagoland's The Beat, said 'Blues Island magnificently captures the live feel and heart of blues in a studio setting'. The Kingsnakes are poised to carry the blues torch into the 21st century by staying true to the music's traditions as well as writing new material to reflect the blues of today and tomorrow.
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