THE EARLY YEARS
Jimmi Mayes has a rich history as an entertainer which he details in a book about his life. 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 who had a monster hit the “Peppermint Twist” during the time Jimmi was with them. He became 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 continues with this entertaining journey. In 2018 he was the headlining musician with An Evening With the Blues show in Bolzano, Italy.
He released an exciting new Blues Album "My Whole Life's A Shuffle" July 2018 recorded at the B.B. King recording studio in Mississippi.
Jimmi is from Jackson, Mississippi and is now based in his hometown.
Jimmi Mayes is a Drummer, Vocalist, and a natural story teller.