Jamie Wood

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Jamie Wood grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, about 170 miles from New Orleans. She eventually moved to California, where she has spent most of her adult life. In 1988 Jamie formed the Roadhouse Rockets, and while her sound has evolved over the years to include Chicago, Kansas City and West Coast blues, today her sound is very much her own. Her style is firmly rooted in blues, with a rhythm section reminiscent of the small swing combos of the 30's and 40's. One might say it's a marriage of blues, 40's jazz and post-war swing. Jamie's southern heritage, together with her performing arts background and stage charisma, make her a natural at blues and all its dialects. Her influences include Ella Mae Morse, Ernestine Anderson, Anita O'Day, Big Mama Thornton, Memphis Minnie, Dinah Washington, Helen Humes, Julia Lee, Jimmy Rushing, Fats Waller and Louis Jordan, just to name a few. In 1996, Jamie was invited to BB Kings in Universal City, California as one of the three women representing female vocalists in the blues genre at the Willie Dixon Foundation event, organized by the Southern California Blues Society, and was honored for her outstanding performance at this event. She is featured on a Pacific Blues Recording Co. compilation entitled "That Left Coast Is Swingin" released in 1999. jamie wood

Other artists on this compilation include Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim, Rick Holmstrom and San Pedro Slim. In 2001 the Jamie Wood Band, featuring Johnny Rover, played the 13th annual Battle of the Blues Harps, Southern California's premiere blues harp show, where Jamie had the distinction of being the first female to front a band in that venue. Concurrently, "Flyin' High" was released on Bluestime Records in Brazil, where it was kicked off by a very successful 3 week promotional tour which covered several Brazilian states, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Fortaleza. During this tour Jamie and Johnny Rover were the headliners at the International Blues Harmonica Festival in Sao Paulo. They returned to South America in 2002, and regularly thereafter, where they are always received with great enthusiasm. "Ain't No Doubt About It" was released in the U.S. in April 2003 on the Pacific Blues record label, and it is also available in Europe through Crosscut Records, Red Lick, El Toro and Bertus. This CD received critical acclaim around the world. It was the number 4 CD of the year on the European "Collectif des Radios Blues", and was in the Top 10 on U.S. charts such as "Blues Bytes," a monthly online magazine of blues CD reviews.

The popularity of this release has kept Jamie busy, playing the Doheny Blues Festival (with Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Jonny Lang, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John), Bakersfield Smooth Jazz & Cool Blues Festival (with James Harman, the Jazz Crusaders and Wayman Tisdale), the North Hollywood Blues Splash (with Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Paul Oscher), the CHOC Ride & Blues Festival (with Eric Burdon & the Animals, Eric Sardinas, Kid Ramos) and the 15th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps (with Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Gary Primich, Johnny Dyer, James Harmon), along with regular club dates. Jamie's most recent CD, "Hollywood Confidential," released on Pacific Blues, features her usual dynamite line-up and she stays true to her authentic retro sound, but kicks it up a notch with horns added ..ed tracks. Jamie has just returned to the U.S. after two years in Quebec, where her band is comprised of Martin Gagnon (piano), Colin Perry (guitar), Ben Caissie (drums), and Mike Reilly (stand-up bass). Notably, she recently appeared in the Grandes Dames du Blues Tour, the Heritage Jazz Festival and the Mont-Tremblant Blues Festival, and was nominated for the distinctive Lis Blues Award in 2007.

 
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