About The Band
Described by one reviewer as “those electrified blues masters”, Dicky James and the Blue Flames is one of the hottest blues bands touring the Midwest. They have been captivating audiences everywhere with their superb brand of smoking’ Chicago style blues.
The band is comprised of a group of tremendous players who hail from various locales. Dicky James, guitarist and chief vocalist, is the main song smith and has proven that he knows the blues inside and out. He finds his inspiration in everyday experiences and depends on the Blue Flames bring that vision to life. He learned to play listening to blues and Motown records and from age of 18 has played across the nation in various rock and blues bands. Through the years he has taken the stage with such notable acts as Rod Piazza, Big Daddy Kinsey, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, and Koko Taylor.
Harp wizard Bob Freeze has studied the playing of the greats and has developed a nuanced and seamless style which has become the “horn section” of the Blue Flames.
John Beeson who, ironically, owns one of the nation’s premier guitar shops, plays the Hammond organ and has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in music.
Mark Ford is a jazz trained bassist whose many years experience in big bands adds an unmistakable swing feel to the band.
Will Cox started drumming to music of the British Invasion and, after many years on the road, has transformed that rock sensibility into the perfect blues driver.
Their first album, ‘The Blues Taste Good’, called “brilliant and timeless” in one review, put the world on notice this band was for real. But the breakthrough came in 2011 when they released their second record, ’Hard Rain’. Taking it’s title from a rainy pilgrimage to Memphis by motorcycle, in September 2011 this record shot to #1 in the nation on the blues roots charts and has garnered rave reviews throughout the industry including one from the Nashville Blues Society which described it as “A major step forward in the heady playing field of contemporary blues”. The band won the Indiana Blues Challenge in 2011 and 2012 and is currently beginning work on their third, as yet untitled, CD.
Having said all that you really can’t grasp the power of Dicky James and the Blue Flames until you hear them live at such venues as the Slippery Noodle Inn, Crossroads Blues Fest., the Rum Boogie Cafe, or at the Kickapoo Kick Festival where they won the battle of the bands. Dicky is an unparalleled performer who never fails to mesmerize the room as he glides through the audience displaying his showmanship and stellar guitar playing.