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Big Jim Wheeler & Wheels of Fire

Big Jim Wheeler has been called ‘a throwback to the future’ and is arguably the best-kept secret in American music. He hails from both the Adirondacks of upstate New York and the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Through his many travels he has pleased audiences with his deep voice and dramatic singing style from Illinois to Istanbul and from Maine to Madagascar while serving his country in the U.S. Navy.
His many friends, fans and admirers include top performers such as the late Roscoe Gordon, Vassar Clements, Mel Torme, Peter Rowan, academy award winning director Jonathan Demme, who recently hired Jim to appear as a featured extra in his remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” with Denzel Washington and “Rachel Getting Married”, blues man James Cotton, and many others, several of whom he has shared the stage with. Big Jim also appears in a recent video for country star, Eric Church and continues doing film, radio and live performances. Currently filming a new movie by Paul Borghese called “Alienated” that stars Vinnie Pastore.
In 1994 he combined forces with longtime friends and associates, Billy and Steven “Muddy” Roues, who shared his interest in developing an original sound and style of music based on their mutual love of Westerns hillbilly and rockabilly music, movies, T.V. and vintage Americana. To that end, they assembled a repertoire that included Robert Mitchum's BALLAD OF THUNDER ROAD, Johnny Western's PALADIN, Jimmy Dean’s BIG BAD JOHN, and Roy Roger's GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY. They didn't stop there. They started covering their favorite classic country from Hank Williams to Hank Snow, Johnny Horton to Johnny Cash and crossing the spectrum from Earnest Tubb to Tennessee Ernie Ford. With the addition of original songs penned by the Roues Brothers and Big Jim himself they captured the spirit of their heroes and predecessors and the picture was almost complete. All that was missing was the rest of the band.
With the enthusiastic support of the late legendary fiddler, Vassar Clements, the band entered the studio and emerged with a recording of a number of original songs along with a selection of some of the above mentioned cover tunes. Besides Vassar’s fiddle, long time pedal steel journeyman, Bucky Baxter, lent his skills to several tracks as well. The result is the band’s debut CD, “Goin’ Back” on UpSouth Recordings. Several songs from the CD have been featured in movies and television including the popular cartoon show, Sponge Bob Square Pants.
BIG JIM WHEELER & WHEELS OF FIRE put on an exciting 'must see' live show. They have been playing to enthusiastic audiences for several years now, always leaving their fans shouting for more. The band is hot featuring Billy Roues on electric guitar and mandolin, Muddy Roues on double bass and harmonica, Mike Corbin on acoustic guitar and Bill Rankin on drums. Big Jim with his deep booming voice has been described as, "Bigger than life." Come on in stranger, and see for yourself.
For further information and bookings contact;
UpSouth Recordings PO Box 34 West Nyack NY 10994
Phone (845) 358-8672 Mobile (845) 596-1512 Fax (845) 639-1760
What the critics say about Goin’ Back

“This is honest, full-bodied country music, well written, sung and played by guys who aren't famous (yet), but who have the heart, soul, chops and guts to shake you out of the stupor induced by too much commercial country radio.” Nick Plakias online review of “Goin’ Back”
“This is real country music played the way real country music should be played.” Paul Baines ‘Let There Be Country’ WFDU-FM