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James Kinds has always possessed a powerful voice, cutting his teeth on southern gospel and developing his own distinctive style as a young man. Inspired by juke-joint blues and early rock n roll, he left Mississippi for Chicago where he became a fixture on the local music scene mixing blues with soul and awing audiences with his explosive delivery and intense platform shoe high step routine. James performs with the All-Night Riders, a hard hitting and versitile group of rock n' rollers with a no nonsense and fresh approach to the blues. Taking inspiration from a number of sources, they provide a unique balance between now and then, tradition and vision.

James is author to over two hundred songs including "BodySlam", "Crack-Head Woman" "Love You From the Top" and the soul wrenching show stopper "Ada" . In 2008, James was inducted into The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. The new album "DON'T GET IT TWISTED" is available now for at jameskinds.com!

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