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
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 solo, duo, and trio. He can do anything you want. 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. His new CD "Graveyard of my Own" released 2015 won
best Soul/Blues at the Jammie awards.
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