1:00 to 4:00 Kirk James
Kirk James is solidly grounded in the Texas Blues tradition, playing Texas Shuffles, Ragtime and Funky Grooves. His unmistakable phrasing mixed with bottleneck slide conjures images of T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Lightnin’ Hopkins. A blues performer for over 30 years, Kirk is known for his strong blues guitar style and distinctive vocals. James plays both original material and also classics from the Blues Masters.
Growing up in Dallas, Texas, and listening to such greats as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Reverend Gary Davis, Kirk developed an interest in blues early in life. A musician since the age of five, he recalls, “I grew up in a musical family, it has always been a part of me. I can’t imagine living without music.”
Currently residing in Durango, Colorado, Kirk’s touring schedule has seen him open for Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, John Hammond, Richie Havens, Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland and Francine Reed. Kirk has received international recognition throughout Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, The Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia. In 1998 he won the Telluride Blues Contest in Colorado.