James Armstrong

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

22 April 1957, Los Angles, California, USA. Armstrong inherited his love of music from his father who had worked as a professional jazz guitarist until renouncing his uncertain career to provide for his family. However, with Irving Ashby, who played guitar with the Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio, as a godfather, Armstrong would find his own vocation irresistible. At nine, he learnt to play the guitar, at 13, he joined a band and at 18, he was touring all over the USA backing country singer Jade Anderson. On tour in the deep south, he encountered the occasional bout of racist prejudice. Armstrong began writing and performing his own material, while building his reputation slowly and steadily by backing other artists, such as ‘Big’ Joe Turner, Sam Taylor, Albert Collins, Rickie Lee Jones and Robert Hohner. Armstrong launched his solo career in 1995, releasing Sleeping With A Stranger on Hightone Records with the support of owner Bruce Bromberg. As a...

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