|Tags:||blues chicago blues guitar|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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24 October 1936, Tchula, Mississippi, USA. Dawkins taught himself to play blues guitar in the early 50s and moved to Chicago in 1957, forming his own band two years later, while also working club dates with bluesmen such as Jimmy Rogers and Magic Sam. Dawkins is an expressive singer and a strong, inventive guitarist, and in the latter capacity he has been called on for recording sessions by many artists from the 60s onwards; Luther Allison, Wild Child Butler, Phil Guy and Johnny Young are only a few in a long list. He has recorded under his own name for many labels, including Delmark, Black And Blue, MCM, Excello, Isabel, JSP and Rumble Records. Dawkins is a quiet man who takes his blues very seriously; in the early 70s he was a contributor to Blues Unlimited magazine, and in the 80s he ran his own Leric label, recording artists such as Little Johnny Christian rather than promoting his own career.