My Whole Life's A Shuffle

Released July 10, 2018  

Mississippi Delta Records

Recorded at the Dr. Riley B. King Recording Studio

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MUSICIANS ON THE RECORDING

JIMMI MAYES is an internationally acclaimed drummer famous for his shuffle. He is in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. He is a vocalist, songwriter, and an author. His career spans over 50 years performing all of the music genres: except gospel and jazz. Jimmi Mayes played and toured with blues legends like Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Robert Junior Lockwood. He is on four of Jimi Hendrix cds. 

 KERN PRATT plays lead guitar and is vocalist for his own band. He surrounds himself with some of the most talented musicians that Mississippi has to offer & provides you with a performance like no other! Kern has performed with artists such as the late & great Willie Foster, Mamie “Galore” Davis, Lil’ Bill Wallace, Mississippi Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Lil’ Dave Thompson, James “T-Model” Ford, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, Percy Sledge, Eden Brent, Steve Azar, & Grammy Award winner Bud Cockrell lead vocalist for Pablo Cruise. There are many festivals Kern Pratt has played in, including An Evening With the Blues, Bolzano, Italy; The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival, the Annual Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS, Batesville Music Fest in Batesville, MS, the Annual BB King Homecoming and the Sam Chatman Festival are just a few more festivals worthy of mention.

ALPHONSO SANDERS is a multi-talented musician who excels on horns, harmonica and more. Chair of Fine Arts and Director of the B.B. King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University.  Dr. Sanders is the founder of First Thursday's Jazz & Blues Night at the B.B. King Museum and the producer of the B.B. King Day at MVSU. Dr. Sanders has performed at many festivals including the Netherlands North Sea Jazz Festival; Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival; Lucerne Switzerland Blues Festival; Mobile Jazz Festival; Ontario Canada Southside Shuffle Festival. He placed second at the International Blues Challenge in 2009 and 2010 in the Solo/Duo division and was selected by the MS Delta Blues Society of Indianola as the 2013 Blues Musician of the Year. His most recent recording projects are Mississippi Influences and Twice As Nice.

JAMES EVANS sax player based out of Jackson, MS. James has toured with ZZ Hill, Played for two years in the Top Flight Band that backed Willie Clayton, he has backed Percy Sledge, played with the Jesse Robinson Band as well as many others.  He was in the video The Last of the Mississippi Jukes DVD as a member of the House Rockers. He has played with Eddie Cotton Jr. and is featured on Cotton’s “Live at the Alamo” recording.  He has recorded with many musicians such as Willie Clayton, Sam Myers, and Jimmi Mayes.

MICKEY ROGERS    Mickey Rogers is featured in International and National Blues Magazines such as Rhythm and Blues, UK, IL Blues, Italy, and Big City Blues, US. Mickey Rogers is featured in Living Blues Issue #235 February 2015. Mickey is honored with a stone Mississippi Walk of Fame in Greenville, Mississippi and is featured in the Hwy 61 Museum in Leland, MS Honored by the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival Mickey Rogers has performed nationally and internationally for many years.

 JIMMIE LEE JR. Jimmie Lee, Jr., a native of Indianola, Mississippi, began music at a young age. Jimmie is currently serving as the head engineer for B.B King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University.  Jimmie has worked on as well as produced several projects / recordings including jazz trombonist, Delfeayo Marsalis “Sweet Thunder”, Ruthie Lee's "Due Season", MVSU's "A Valley Christmas" & “Keeping The Faith,  Alphonso Sanders' "Mississippi Influences", Nu Alfa “Back On The Wheel Experience, AVP “Get Lifted”, Jimmi Mayes “My Whole Life’s A Shuffle” and many more. He is a master performer on many instruments and a vocalist. Jimmie is the state organist for the Northern Mississippi Jurisdiction of the C.O.G.I.C.

MY WHOLE LIFE'S A SHUFFLE

BY JIMMI MAYES

© COPYRIGHT - JIMMI MAYES / MISSISSIPPI DELTA RECORDS 

TRACK LISTING

1. MY WHOLE LIFE’S A SHUFFLE 4:02

2. SOCIALIZE 3:32

3. DREAMING OF A BLUES TRAIN 4:56

4. THAT WOMAN AND MY WIFE 3:42

5. SUBSTITUTE FOR YOU 3:30

6. TWISTED BLUES 5:02

7. STAY GONE 4:24

8. THE JIMMIES 3:13

9. AIN’T NO QUITTING 3:33

10. IN THE POCKET 3:07

 

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RELEASE DATE JULY 10, 2018

PRODUCERS – DR. ALPHONSO SANDERS AND JIMMI LEE JR.

STUDIO – B.B. KING RECORDING STUDIO

 

ARRANGER – KERN PRATT

ENGINEER AND MIXER – JIMMIE LEE JR.

MASTERING ENGINEER – JEFFREY REED, TAPROOT AUDIO DESIGN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS – RON AND CAROL MARBLE, EVAN AND KATHY MARBLE, AND JIMMI MAYES

 

ALBUM NOTES – CAROL MARBLE

ALL PHOTOS – CAROL MARBLE except back cover LORIO LEWIS

ALBUM CONCEPT AND DESIGN – CAROL MARBLE

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SONGWRITERS

1. MY WHOLE LIFE’S A SHUFFLE 

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE (BMI)

2. SOCIALIZE

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI) CAROL MARBLE BMI)

3. DREAMING OF A BLUES TRAIN

SONGWRITER JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI)

4 .THAT WOMAN AND MY WIFE

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI) AND FRANCES HARRIS LINDSEY (NA)

5. SUBSTITUTE FOR YOU

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES AND CHESTER L. MAYES

6 .TWISTED BLUES 

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE (BMI)

7. STAY GONE

SONGWRITER JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI)

8. THE JIMMIES

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI) AND JIMMI LEE JR.  (NA)

9.  AIN’T NO QUITTING

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMIAND CAROL MARBLE (BMI)

10. IN THE POCKET

SONGWRITERS JAMES ALLEN MAYES (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE (BMI)

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MUSICIAN CREDITS

1. My Whole Life’s a Shuffle; Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes. Guitar: Kern Pratt.  Bass, Piano, and Keys:  Jimmi Lee Jr., Drums: Jimmi Mayes 

Horns; Alphonso Sanders & James Evans BGV’s: James Evans, Alphonso Sanders, Kern Pratt             

 

2. Socialize Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt & Mickey Rodgers Bass & Piano: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes Sax: James Evans BGV’s: Alphonso Sanders, James Evans

 

3. Dreaming of A Blues Train Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Mickey Rodgers & Kern Pratt           

Bass:  Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes Harmonica: Alphonso Sanders

 

4. That Woman & My Wife Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt Bass, Organ, Wurlitzer: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes BGV’s: Alphonso Sanders, James Evans

 

5.  Substitute For You Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt Bass, Piano, & Keys: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes BGV’s: Alphonso Sanders, James Evans

 

6. Twisted Blues Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt & Mickey Rodgers Bass & Organ: Jimmie Lee Jr .Horns: Alphonso Sanders Drums: Jimmi Mayes

 

7. Stay Gone Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt & Mickey Rodgers Bass, Piano, Organ, & Horns: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes BGV’s: Alphonso Sanders, James Evans

 

8. The Jimmies Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes Guitar: Kern Pratt & Mickey Rogers Bass, Piano, Organ: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums: Jimmi Mayes Harmonica: Alphonso Sanders

 

9. Ain’t No Quitting Lead Vocals: Jimmi Mayes and Kern Pratt   

Guitar: Mickey Rodgers & Kern Pratt Bass & Piano: Jimmie Lee Jr. Drums:  Jimmi Mayes BGV’s: Alphonso Sanders, James Evans, Kern Pratt

 

10. In The Pocket Guitar: Kern Pratt Bass & Rhodes (Electric Piano): Jimmie Lee Jr. Horns: Alphonso Sanders Drums: Jimmi Mayes BGV’s: James Evans, Alphonso Sanders

ALBUM NOTES

Jimmi Mayes played & toured with blues legends like Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Robert Junior Lockwood. He backed Marvin Gaye and became the bandleader for Joey Dee & the Starliters during the time Joey Dee had the monster hit the “Peppermint Twist”.  Jimmi performed with Martha Reeves and The Vandellas.  He became good friends with Jimi Hendrix and eventually he was asked to record with Jimmi Hendrix.  He is on four of Hendrix’s albums.  Jimmi Mayes has lived and is living a story that had to be told. The Amazing Jimmi Mayes “Sideman to The Stars” was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2014. The book goes into detail about Jimmi Mayes unforgettable life story.  He has also released an extensive catalogue of   music. His recent releases are Still Carrying the Flame released in 2015 by the Original  Legends of the Blues featuring Jimmi on three of the tracts. In 2012 All My Best by Jimmi Mayes was released on Wolf Records and in 2004 Messin’ with the Kid was released on Depo Records, Chicago.

                                                                                                   

Jimmi Mayes is from Jackson, MS.      He was performing with the top professionals before he was twenty-one years old. Jimmi was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.  The Shuffle is his trademark style on the drums. As you listen to My Whole Life’s A Shuffle you will be reminded with each song of some aspect of Jimmi Mayes life as he has performed   nationally and internationally.  

              

Recording this album in the B.B. King Recording studio at MVSU was somewhat special for everyone involved in the project and recording the songs was fun! In the studio each song stimulated lots of storytelling about life on the road.  It was hard for the musicians to quit talking and get back to recording after each break. The songs are timely, fun, thought provoking and danceable. Ron and I with Mississippi Delta Records thank Jimmi Mayes and everyone who has been part of this project. We look forward to many more songs and performances from Jimmi Mayes. As one of the songs says there “Ain’t No Quitting in The Mix”.  There Ain’t No Quitting for Jimmi Mayes.  Carol Marble, Mississippi Delta Blues, Inc.

 

 

WORDS FROM JIMMI MAYES

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to dedicate this album to my mother Carrie Mayes

I want to thank my managers Carol and Ron Marble for having confidence in me and in my vision for this project.  I told Carol that I did not want to be the “laid back” Jimmi, that I wanted to attack on the vocals in doing this album. They helped me to attack!  I want to thank Kern Pratt for working on this with me from the beginning.  First on his acoustic guitar as we worked on the arrangements; and then     continuing all the way through the studio work. I thank Dr. Alphonso Sanders for his    patience and his insight about the songs and his work on the songs as a musician. Jimmi Lee, Jr. is a “young genius” both as an engineer and a musician. Thanks Mickey Rogers my brother and a dream of a guitar player. I had to have some “Mickey Rogers Guitar” on the album. James Evans “Socialize” is your song.   And thank God for giving me the strength to Shuffle on all the songs. Jimmi

PUBLISHING

 

1. MY WHOLE LIFE’S A SHUFFLE 

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC, (BMI) CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

2. SOCIALIZE

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC, (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

3. DREAMING OF A BLUES TRAIN

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

4. THAT WOMAN AND MY WIFE

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

5. SUBSTITUTE FOR YOU

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

6 .TWISTED BLUES 

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

7. STAY GONE

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

8. THE JIMMIES

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

9.  AIN’T NO QUITTING

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI)

10. IN THE POCKET

JAMES ALLEN MAYES/LU TU MA MUSIC (BMI) AND CAROL MARBLE/RCMMS PUBLISHING (BMI) 

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