Jimmie Stagger's Blues Odyssey began in 1965 when bought his first guitar. After gigging with various local bands for
a few years, Jimmie founded the Wealthy Street Sheiks in 1970. Dedicated to the performance and preservation of the old time
"back porch" and "juke joint" styles, the Sheiks ripped it up with their bawdy antics. Jimmie's accompaniment
of Bukka White highlighted the Sheiks appearance at the first Grand Valley Blues Festival in 1972.
Late in 1972,
Jimmie formed a musical partnership with the legendary guitarist and songwriter Frank Salamone. It was during this time that
Jimmie met the string band blues master Carl Martin. Carl encouraged Jimmie to develop his talents on the mandolin, fiddle
and bottleneck guitar. Carl so enjoyed Jimmie's playing that he invited him on stage at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
at the National Folk Festival in Washington, DC in 1976.
After returning to his original love of the electric guitar
and honing his chops in local bar bands, Jimmie said, "enough is enough" and established the "Jimmie Stagger"
Band in 1980.
Since then there has been no turning back!
Currently, the three piece line up allows Stagger's
guitar prowess to shine through loud and clear. With a big, rich voice reminiscent of Jimmy Thackery, but with an elasticity
that makes it far more expressive, Stagger is a compelling storyteller who makes you feel his pain and share his joy.
Jimmie also does many shows as a 2 piece (either with a bassist or harp player)
Jimmie's growing list of accomplishments
includes receiving the esteemed "Jammie" award for "The Triumphant Return of Slim Jim" as the best Blues
CD from WYCE Radio in 2002.
As a community leader, Stagger contributes much of his time honoring his commitment
to support several charities in the West Michigan area including Toys-for-Tots, God's Kitchen, Childrens Christian Charities,
Hospice of Michigan, Prostate Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society. Jimmie has also supported the West Michigan
Blues Society and WYCE public radio.
Seen at many Festivals and Special events, this act is not one to be missed.