Genuine Chicago Blues
That slide guitar you hear on “Mississippi Hoodoo” that helps keep “Inipi” in the trenches of the Delta blues belongs to none other than genuine Chicago blues article Jim “Ang” Anderson.
Before Ang formed The Chicago Kingsnakes in 1983, he grew up learning guitar on a homemade instrument crafted from a cigar box, rubber bands and thumb tacks, then went to “blues school,” receiving his musical education on the city’s infamous south side playing with the likes of guitar greats Buddy Guy, Albert King, Lefty Dizz and Son Seals, harmonica legends James Cotton and Junior Wells, and the Queen of The Blues, Koko Taylor.
Ang has since toured the nation with blues powerhouse Little Milton, and played guitar with Johnny Twist’s Rocka-Boogie Blues Band touring the Midwest for three years.
In 1992, Ang and The Chicago Kingsnakes befriended Byther Smith, and became “Smitty’s” road band that accompanied him on tours of the United States, Finland, The Netherlands and Canada. In addition Ang and The Kingsnakes played on Byther’s, “I’m A Mad Man” CD on the Bullseye record label In 1994, Byther Smith and The Kingsnakes performed on the Main Stage of the 11th Annual Chicago Bluesfest in Grant Park.
Jim “Ang” Anderson and The Chicago Kingsnakes have recorded 10 CDs to date, including their most recent, “South Side Soul,” released last year. They continue to play the region from their hometown Chicago into Wisconsin and Indiana, and Ang and the Kingsnakes have also worked their way as a popular blues staple on the corporate circuit doing events and conventions.
I met Ang last year when I subbed for the Kingsnakes’ drummer one night in Three Oaks, Michigan. The second I heard Ang play acoustic slide guitar that night, I knew he would turn “Mississippi Hoodoo” into a stroll down a dirt road near some crossroads by a tree where Ol’ Scratch hisself is known to hang.