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My Whole Life's A Shuffle - Jimmi Mayes
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​Jimmi Mayes is a National & International Performing Artist - Vocalist - Drummer - Author and Recording Artist. 

Jimmi Mayes is now living in Jackson, MS – his hometown after living in Chicago, & New York.

​Jimmi Mayes played and toured with Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Robert Junior Lockwood, and more over the course of his career.  He backed Marvin Gaye and later became the bandleader for Joey Dee & the Starliters.  Joey Dee  had a monster hit the “Peppermint Twist” during the time Jimmi was with them. 


Jimmi Mayes was good friends with Jimi Hendrix and eventually he was asked by Jimi Hendrix to record with him. Mayes is on four of Hendrix’s albums.  Jimmi Mayes performs with his band the Mill Street Depo.



Back in 1965, an unknown Jimi Hendrix was approached by James Mayes, a bandleader and drummer, who was looking for a guitarist to play with Joey Dee & Starliters. Although Hendrix’s stint with the group was only a few short months, he became and remained very good friends with Mayes.

Jimmi Mayes was the Drummer on the following Jimi’ Hendrix CDs

The Cry of Love – “My Friend”; First Rays of the New Rising Sun Part 1; First Rays of the New Rising Sun Part 2; Maree Sunrise – My Friend and Georgia Blue ; People, Hell, and Angels – Let Me Move You



2019 – October Jimmi Mayes was a featured performer 2019 at the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming at Hopson’s Plantation

2018 Headliner in Bolzano Italy - An Evening With The Blues Concert

2016 Chicago Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee

2014 Big Blues Bender - Las Vegas With The Original Legends Of The Blues


2016 – to present Mississippi Artist Roster Member & MAC Grant Recipient




 B.B. King Day at Mississippi Valley State University and the B.B. King Museum, Indianola, MS - Featured speaker and performer 2017, 2018, 2019


Mississippi Book Fair at the Mississippi State Capitol, Featured Symposium Speaker

​History is Lunch - William Winter Archives and History Building - Jimmi Mayes talking about his book - The Amazing Jimmi Mayes - Sideman to The Stars – published by The University Press


Bolzano Italy - An Evening with The Blues Symposium before the Concert - Jimmi Mayes talking about his friendship with Jimmi Hendrix and more.


2018 My Whole Life’s A Shuffle

 Mississippi Delta Records, Recorded in the B.B. King Studio


2015 Still Carrying the Flame - Nearly 300yrs. of combined experience with the legends of the blues, these legendary sidemen take us on a journey from the Delta to present day.


2012 All My Best – Jimmy Mayes, Wolf Records International, Wien, Austria.


2004 Messin’ with the Kid. Depo Records, Chicago


Music preview – My Whole Life’s A Shuffle

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