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The Detroit Blues Band

Detroit Blues Band - Real Life - 1990 - Blues Factory

The Detroit Blues Band was a very popular blues band for many years. Featuring veteran rocker, Jim McCarty, Jim was in many great bands including Cactus, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, The Rockets, and The Buddy Miles Blues Express (Where he basically filled the shoes of Jimi Hendrix). Rick Stel joined the Detroit Blues Band on bass after the release of their first album. On "Real Life", bass is supplied by Billy Landless. The rest of the Band is formed by the 20 year association of lead vocalist and guitarist, Emmanuel X. Garza and the great drummerTommy "T-Bone" Wagner. The Blues Review said of the band's "Can't Get You Off My Mind" album, - "One of the best local sets of the year by one of the best bands this town has ever produced". "Real Life" is a good "down to earth" Motor City blues rock album from a very experienced band. Try and find the 1966 Detroit Wheels "Take a Ride" album, which features Jim McCarty, and listen to the Detroit Blues Band's excellent 1995 "Can't Get You Off My Mind" album


1) Back On my Feet Again - McCarty
2) My LIfe Is Ruined - Morganfield
3) Luann - McCarty
4) Go Downtown - Garza
5) She Knows It - A.Wolf
6) Goin' back to Memphis - McCarty
7) Scandalous Behavior - Garza
8) Walkin Out The Door - McCarty
9) Treat Me Right - McCarty


Jim McCarty - Guitar, Vocals
Emmanuel X. Garza - Guitar, Vocals
Billy Landless - Bass, Vocals
Tommy "T-Bone" Wagner - Drums
Eddie Harsh - Organ on Track 8


James William McCarty (born June 1, 1945) is an American blues rock guitarist from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed with Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, the popular Detroit rock band The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, and more recently, Mystery Train. In April 2009 McCarty began recording sessions as a founding member of The TaleGators at Harmonie Park Studios in Detroit. He also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger. He plays in a heavy blues-rock style that has inspired fledgling guitar players for more than 40 years. In 2006, he participated in a Cactus reunion, performing in New York City, Sweden, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. It coincided with the release of a new Cactus album, Cactus V. In 2007, Cactus played a Detroit date, a McCarty homecoming, to a sold-out, standing room only house. In an August 2006 interview on VH1 Classic, Ted Nugent remarked "I'm the only guy in rock'n'roll that plays that hollow body jazz guitar and it's because in 1960 I saw Jimmy McCarty creating those big fat full chords like I do on "Stranglehold"; I learned that from Jimmy McCarty. Remember the name Jimmy McCarty. He is as important as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and Les Paul...a god on guitar." Guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith is among McCarty's admirers. In 2005, Les Paul recorded Les Paul and Friends: American Made, World Played, with an all-star band. He covered 69 Freedem Special, an instrumental tune co-written by McCarty and recorded while in the Buddy Miles Express. In February 2006, Les Paul won a Grammy for his cover of the song, thus propelling McCarty into another award-winning arena as songwriter. In 2009, a new band, the Hell Drivers were created. The members are Jim McCarty, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, Marvin Conrad(bass), and Jim Edwards(vocals). A high-energy band, they play a variety of Dertoit rock'n'roll from Iggy, The Rockets, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger and more to great critcal acclaim.