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James Henry “Jimmy” Dawkins (born October 24, 1936, Tchula, Mississippi) is a blues guitarist and singer.

Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins would just as soon leave his longtime nickname “Fast Fingers” behind. It was always something of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins’s West Side-styled guitar slashes and surges, but seldom burns with incendiary speed. Dawkins’s blues are generally of the brooding, introspective variety — he doesn’t engage in flashy pyrotechnics or outrageous showmanship.

It took a long time for Dawkins to progress from West Side fixture to nationally known recording artist. He rode a Greyhound bus out of Mississippi in 1955, dressed warm to ward off the Windy City’s infamous chill factor. Only trouble was, he arrived on a sweltering July day! Harpist Billy Boy Arnold offered the newcomer encouragement, and he eventually carved out a niche on the competitive West Side scene (his peers included Magic Sam and Luther Allison).

Sam introduced Dawkins to Delmark Records boss Bob Koester. Fast Fingers, Dawkins’s 1969 debut LP for Delmark–still his best album to date–was a taut, uncompromising piece of work that won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the Hot Club of France in 1971 as the year’s top album. Andrew “Big Voice” Odom shared the singing and Otis Rush the second guitar duties on Dawkins’s 1971 encore All for Business. But after his Delmark LP Blisterstring, Dawkins’s subsequent recordings lacked intensity until 1991’s oddly titled Kant Sheck Dees Bluze for Chicago’s Earwig Records. After that, Dawkins waxed discs for Ichiban and Fedora, and continued to tour extensively. ~ Bill Dahl, All Music Guide

Career

He moved to Chicago in 1955. He worked in a box factory, and started to play local blues clubs, gaining a reputation as a session musician.

In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, he released his first solo album Fast Fingers on Delmark Records, winning the "Grand Prix du Disque" from the Hot Club de France. In 1971 Delmark released his second album All For Business with singer, Andrew "Big Voice" Odom, and the guitarist, Otis Rush. Dawkins also toured the Midwest in the late 70's backed up by blues greats James Solberg (of Luther Allison and Nighthawks fame) on guitar and Jon Preizler (The Lamont Cranston Band), a Hammond B-3 player known for his soulful jazz influenced style.

Dawkins began to tour in Europe and Japan, and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. Dawkins also contributed a column to the blues magazine, Living Blues, which he co-founded. In the 1980s he released few recordings, but began his own record label, Leric Records, and was more interested in promoting other artists, including Taildragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Wallace. In 1991 he began to tour and record more regularly. In 1995 he received three nominations for the W.C. Handy Award in the categories "Best Blues Instrumentalist - guitar", "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" (1994's Blues And Pain), and "Blues Song of the Year" ("Fool in Heah"). The re-release of Fast Fingers received a W.C. Handy Award nomination as "Best Reissue Blues Album of the Year" in 1999.

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