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Blues Island

by The Chicago Kingsnakes

Hot - Electric - Contemporary Chicago Blues
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mr. Telecaster
3:42 $0.99
2. Abandoned In Hammond
5:11 $0.99
3. Black T-Bird
4:00 $0.99
4. Ride On
4:03 $0.99
5. Get Out Of Memphis
3:27 $0.99
6. Blues Island
5:38 $0.99
7. All Dressed Up
2:44 $0.99
8. All Pain No Gain
3:23 $0.99
9. Green Means Go
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10. One Turns Into Two
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Album Notes
"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


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



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Wow...can't stop listening to it....fantastic!!!
Blues Island is the best blues CD I have heard in great while. If I ever make it to Chicago I will be looking this group up. Awesome blues!!!!

John from Peoria (AZ)

I Spent Time in Hammond,IN and Blue Island,IL--This CD is Beyond Great
I grew up on the southside of Chicago across the border
from Hammond, IN. Abandoned In Hammond is so close to
things I used to see happening is unbelievable. I stayed
at home while my buds went away to college. I got to go
to all the blues,jazz and folk bars on Halstead, State,
and North Lincoln in those days. These dudes have a sound
that kicks!

I dated gals in Blue Island,IL and bought my first
professional suit there. I married a gal that grew up in
Memphis, so Get Out of Memphis is a 180!

I have listened to this CD 5 times and all I can say it
gets better and better.

Perhaps I have been away from Chicago too long?


het is een woord ,grandioos

Julia Anderson Jims daughter

I love the kingsnakes.
Even though i am a teenageer, i love the kingsnakes, and not only becasue they have the awsomest players in the world, (Jim anderson, Ron Berrie, Nelson, Gus, King Tom, Bruse,Gerry, well lots ) there all like a big family, who love the blues, and who know how to play it. This cd rocks
i love u guys
love julia

Kim- A Fan

Buy this ! It's brilliant !
If for no other reason, buy this CD for "Abandoned in Hammond".... Blues storytelling at it's finest ! Jim Anderson's guitar playing is nothing short of phenominal. Thanks for a great record !

J. Harrison

Great tunes, I really enjoy this CD
Glad I found this on the web one night while surfing for blues artist. Listened to some of the tunes online and decided to get it. Thanks for some great tunes.


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