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Chicago blues band formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist James Anderson, a lifelong Chicago resident who played on the south side with blues greats like Buddy Guy, Albert King, Lefty Dizz, Son Seals, James Cotton, Junion Wells, and Koko Taylor. In 1992, the group began its longtime association with Byther Smith, and have become his "road band," on tours of North American and Europe.

The group has a relatively new (1997) drummer, Merle Perkins, who's worked with an impressive group of artists, including Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Michael Coleman, and Lonnie Brooks. Notable highlights of the last couple years include performing at the grand opening of the new Disney store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago, the release of their 6th CD, the 10 song Blues Island (MusicKing Records, 1998), and a mainstage performance with Smith at the 11th Annual Chicago Blues Festival in 1994 in front of 150,000 people.

Earlier releases include a live album at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago -- Live from the Southside (1995), I'm a Mad Man (Bullseye Blues, 1993), UltraSound (MusicKing, 1991), 6 x 3 (MusicKing, 1988), 86 Mix (MusicKing, 1986), and The Kingsnakes (MusicKing, 1984). National blues magazine Blues Revue called Blues Island "Essential," while Chicago's The Beat, said "Blues Island magnificently captures the live feel and heart of the blues in a studio setting."

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