James Evans met one of his musical heroes, Louie Lee, in 1977. Mr. Lee took the time to show James techniques in playing his saxophone that greatly inspired him. Over the years he developed into a highly regarded studio musician, often recording at Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi. Among those he has recorded or toured with are Bobby Rush, ZZ Hill, Percy Sledge, Willie Clayton and Sam Myers. James toured with ZZ Hill just after the release of his critically acclaimed record Down Home in 1982. The two bluesmen remained friends until Mr. Hill’s passing in 1984 at the age of 48. Among his most personally rewarding performances was the rap party of the 2000 film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? James played in the band for the party, which was held in the Subway Club in Jackson, Mississippi.
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