Bluesman James Kinds was born in Drew, Mississippi in 1943. He moved to Chicago in 1959 and quickly got involved in music. He hung out at Blues clubs on the west side and formed his first group, Oasis, in 1967. He recorded Ada
in the mid-'70s for Cloud 9 and it's still James' show-stopping closer which he sang at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival. In 1982, Oasis issued West Side
featuring guests Barkin' Bill, Eddie 'Jewtown' Burks, Jimmy Dawkins and Hip Linkchain. Since then he has continued to play the Blues, issue three CDs and maintain a Chicago presence by visiting and performing here often. With special guest Eddie Shaw.
Kinds' superbly expressive voice has an endearing quaver to it that is reminiscent of Syl Johnson's restless vibrato. Kinds' singing and playing neatly conjure up the smoky Chicago club scene of recent decades past. --Living Blues