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KINDS, James. (Drew, MS, 1943--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 19, 2014). Kinds first sang in the church choir, which led to his joining the Gospel quartet, Spirit Of Joy.
Inspired by juke-joint Blues and early Rock & Roll, Kinds left Mississippi for Chicago in 1958. He became popular mixing Blues with Soul and awing audiences with his explosive delivery and intense stage routine.
In Chicago, Kinds started out with The Soul Seekers, and joined Little Mack Simmons in 1961. In addition to doing some work with Kansas City Red, Roy Hytower, Lee Shot Williams, Little Caesar, Johnny B. Moore, and Eddie King, Kinds had the opportunity to work with Blues legends Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, Ike Turner, Lonnie Brooks, and Bobby Rush.
Kinds wrote “Ada,” a song that attracted international attention; he was named “Best Blues Artist” by Blues News magazine in 1976. Kinds has also been featured in Living Blues magazine.
In 1977 Kinds was part of a European tour that included a show at the Berlin Jazz Festival as part of The New Generation of Chicago Blues Revue, which also included Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell, among others, and was hosted by the legendary Willie Dixon.
Kinds moved to Dubuque, where he performed regularly with his current band, The All Night Riders and released their third album, Don’t Get It Twisted. They performed at several fests including the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. James had the honor of performing at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2007 was featured in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald several times.
In 2008 Kinds was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.
"Blues Musician Does at 70," Telegraph Herald, August 21, 2014, p. 3A
"James Kinds," Central Iowa Blues Society. Online: http://cibs.org/events-programs/iowa-blues-hall-of-fame/james-kinds/