Monday, February 18, 2019

School of Blues Fri Nite Blues Jam Presents: Mississippian James Funk!



James showed up at the Fri Nite Jam session last month and stole the show. With his homemade cigar box guitar, and a hot harmonica, this Mississippi transplant (Now living in southern Oregon) comes up once a month for military reserve duty. Been playing harmonica since age 12,  James was in high school choir, played music at college also, then joined the Navy Seabees in 2012, stationed in Europe then back home in Mississippi in 2014. "Murky Waters"... a blues joint in Gulf Port MS. was his first blues venue where he cut his teeth playing with real Mississippi bluesmen, and will always be home base for him. 

James made his first cigar-box slide guitar in 2016 from a box of Cuban cigars a piece of cedar and some concrete anchor bolts. Played music from Mississippi to Baton Rouge down to Florida to Alabama and New Orleans, before moving to Oregon. Recently separated from the military now bringing some of that authentic delta blues once a month to Eugene. 

James has an energy and charismatic stage presence that will get you grinning from ear to ear. His singing is both delta swampy as well as a cross of Chicago blues styling with his excellent harmonica playing.  Don't miss this show...Friday Feb 22, 2019...Fri Nite Blues Jam @ Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 941 Pearl St. Eugene 7pm. Jam starts after 1st set w/ James Funk. Sign up starts @ 6:30 pm For further info call (541) 517-5224

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