J I M   B R E W E R
James Brewer & crew
on Maxwell Street, 1966
photographer: Frank Scott

"My mother didn't name me 'Blind',
she named me 'Jim'"


Jim Brewer
a/k/a James, Jimmy, 'Blind Jim' Brewer
b. October 3, 1920 in Brookhaven, Mississippi
d. June 2, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois

discography
J I M   B R E W E R; from Juke 13 (1988), p. 21; photographer: Tano Ro)
source: Juke Blues 13 (1988), p. 21; photographer: Tano Ro
This discography is a non-commercial labor-of-love and is in no way associated with any business firm.
All I know about the resp. artist's / label's musical output is shown on this page. To purchase out-of-print records I recommend an ebay, gemm or google search. And - sorry for that - I have not the time to answer any e-mails asking me about further information, let alone duplicating out-of-print recordings I happen to own.

Stefan Wirz   www.wirz.de

Jim Brewer LPs / CDs
#year
of release
titlelabel # / notes
11962Blues From Maxwell Street

Arvella Gray
- Corrine Corrina

James Brewer
- I'm So Glad Good Whiskey's Back #
Arvella Gray
- Have Mercy, Mr. Percy
- Railroad Song And John Henry
- Have Mercy, Mr. Percy No. 2

King David
- Fanny Mae
- Sugar Mama
- Good Mornin', Little Schoolgirl
- 38 Pistol
- 44 Blues
Daddy Stovepipe
- Tennessee Waltz
- South Of The Border
- Old Time Religion
- Monkey And The Baboon


side 1 rec. July 11, 1960 in Chicago, IL organized and recorded by Paul Oliver and John Steiner; # Jim Brewer, voc, g

side 2 rec. July, 1960 in Chicago, IL organized and recorded by Bjorn Englund and Donald R. Hill

Arvella Gray discography

Daddy Stovepipe discography

notes by Paul Oliver





Heritage HLP 1004 (1962)

Heritage discography


= Collector's Issue C-5527
(Austria 1989?)

Collector's Issue
discography

notes by Paul Oliver, Rien
Wisse & Gary Atkinson

= Document DOCD 5692
(UK 2012)

21965Ramblin' On My Mind
Classic Train and Travel Blues

Johnny Youngwith Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Walker
- Hear That Whistle Blow
Carl Hodges
- Standing At The Greyhound Station
Leroy 'Country' Dallas
- She Caught The M&O

Jimmy Brewer
- Pea Vine Whistle #   @ youtube
Honeyboy Edwards
- Highway 61
Big Joe Williams
- Ramblin' On My Mind

Blind Connie Williams
- Key To The Highway
Dr. Isaiah Ross
- Hobo Blues
John Lee Granderson
- My Home Ain't Here
Bill Jackson
- Freight Train Blues
Elijah Brown
- Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay
W. B. 'Piano Bill' Bryson
- Mean Old Train


# rec. July 1964 in Chicago, IL by Pete Welding and Norman Dayron; Jim Brewer, voc, g
cover photograph by Walker Evans
notes by Pete Welding













Milestone MLP-3002
Milestone MSP-93002

Milestone discography

31967Can't Keep From Crying
Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy

- A Man Amongst Men - Big Joe Williams
- I Want To Know Why - James & Fannie Brewer #
- A Man For The Nation - John Lee Granderson
- Sad Day In Texas - Otis Spann
- President Kennedy Gave His Life - Mary Ross
- The Twenty-Second Day Of November - Bill Jackson


- Why Did He Have To Go? - James Brewer #
- I Tried Not To Cry - Johnny Young
- Poor Kennedy - Avery Brady

- When We Got The Message - Fannie Brewer #
- He Was Loved By All The People - Jimmy Brown

CD bonus tracks:
- Tribute To J.F.K. - Johnny Young
- Poor Kennedy #2 - Avery Brady


rec. July 1964 in Chicago, IL; # Jim Brewer, voc, g; Fannie Brewer, voc, g
notes by Peter J. Welding
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Testament S-01

notes by Peter J. Welding
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= Bounty BY 6035 (1967)

notes by Peter J. Welding
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(=) Testament TCD 5007
(1994)

Testament discography

= P-Vine PCD-5587 (Jp)

41974Jim Brewer

- I'll Fly Away
- Liberty Bill
- She Wants To Boogie
- Good Morning Blues
- Rocky Mountain   @ youtube
- St. Louis Blues

- Corrina
- Don't You Lie To Me
- Black, Brown And White
- It Hurts Me Too
- Shak-A-You-Boogie
- Crawlin' King Snake
- Key To The Highway

rec. 1973 live at the Kirkland College, North Ferrisburg, VT by Earth Audio Techniques, Inc.; Jim Brewer, voc, g; prod. by Michael Couture and A.M. Cohen
notes by A.M. Cohen
and Roy Filson







Philo 1003
51975Blues Scene USA Vol. 4
Mississippi Blues

Bert Logan, Russ Logan, Big Joe Williams
- Four O'Clock In The Morning
Roosevelt Charles
- Bye Bye Baby Blues
Big Joe Williams, Coot Venson
- Sugar Mama
Avery Brady
- I Don't Want You No More
Big Joe Williams, Willie Lee Harris
- I Can Seen My Baby In My Dreams

Jimmy Brewer
- Big Road Blues #

Arthur Weston, Big Joe Williams, George Robertson
- Someday Baby
Big Joe Williams, Coot Venson
- Long Road Blues
Johnny Young
- Pony Blues
Big Joe Williams, Ruby McCoy
- Rising Sun Blues
Johnny Young, Big Boy Spires
- 21 Below Zero
Jimmy Brown, Big Joe Williams, Willie Lee Harris
- Goin' Back Home
Big John Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself


# rec. July 1964 in Chicago, IL by Pete Welding; Jim Brewer, voc, g

notes by Pete Welding



Storyville SLP 180
= Storyville 670180
= Teichiku ULS-1815-R (Jp)

notes by Pete Welding



= Storyville SLP 4035
"Blues Roots Vol. 1"

Storyville discography

61979Chicago Blues
- Live at the Fickle Pickle


Johnny Jones & Willie Dixon
- Johnny's Boogie
Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Long Haired Doney
John Henry Barbee
- Baby I Need Your Love

Blind James Brewer
- Big Road Blues #
- Poor Kelly #
Big Joe Williams
- Sugar Mama

Maxwell Street Jimmy
- Make Some Love To Me
- Smokestack Lightnin'
John Henry Barbee
- Tell Me Baby
Johnny Jones & Billy Boy Arnold
- Sloppy Drunk
- Early In The Morning
- My Little Machine
- Going To The River


# rec. 1963 at the Fickle Pickle Club in Chicago, IL; Jim Brewer, voc, g
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Flyright LP 549

Flyright discography

 1979Blues Roots: Give Me The Blues

Smoky Babe
- Boogy
Avery Brady
- I Don't Want You No More
Doug Quattlebaum
- Good Woman Blues
Huddie Ledbetter
- Frankie And Albert, parts 1 + 2

[Jimmy Brewer
- Big Road Blues
Even though shown on the cover as well as on the label track listing and even though there's a picture and a short bio of Jim Brewer in the liner notes - this Jim Brewer track is actually / erroneously? not included; instead there's the following Arthur Weston track !!!]

Arthur Weston
- Someday Baby
Big Joe Williams
- Long Road Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
- You Better Mind

Clarence Edwards
- Mean Old Frisco
Bert Logan, Russ Logan, Big Joe Williams
- Four O'Clock In The Morning
Big Joe Henry Miller, Jimmy Lee Miller
- Down Here By Myself
Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires
- 21 Below Zero
Johnny Young
- Green Door Blues
Arthur Weston
- Roll Me Over Slow


Champion Jack Dupree
- Back Door Special
Roosevelt Sykes
- Southern Style Piano
Henry Brown
- Low Down Drag
Memphis Slim
- Funky Blues
Jimmy Yancey
- Yancey Special
Sunnyland Slim
- Sunnyland's Boogie

Speckled Red
- Cow Cow Blues
Otis Spann
- The Skies Are Blue
Memphis Slim
- A Letter Home
Otis Spann
- Boots And Shoes
Memphis Slim
- Rebecca Blues
Willie Mabon
- I'm The Fixer
Champion Jack Dupree
- I Just Want To Be Free
DLP






Storyville 6.28470
= PGP RTB 2LP 3220044

to read liner notes
click on pictures of covers
G = German / E = English
text has been black/white
reversed to improve readability

Storyville discography

71983Jim Brewer: Tough Luck

- Kansas City Blues #   @ Spotify
- Come Back Baby #   @ Spotify
- Rock Me Mama []   @ Spotify
- Goin' Away Blues *   @ Spotify
- Big Road *   @ Spotify
- Long Ways From Home *   @ Spotify
- Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad *   @ Spotify

- Hair Like A Horse's Mane #   @ Spotify
- Poor Kelly []   @ Spotify
- Mean Old 'Frisco #   @ Spotify
- Tough Luck Blues #   @ Spotify
- Oak Top Boogie []   @ Spotify
- Pea Vine Whistle #   @ Spotify

prod. by Michael Robert Frank, Earwig Records; special production assistance and encouragement by Andy Cohen

# rec. March 20, 1982 at Acme Studios in Chicago, IL; Jim Brewer, voc, g; eng. by Michael Rasfield & Doug Durham

* rec. November 1, 1980 live at the the 9th annual Gambier Folk Festival, Gambier, OH; Jim Brewer, voc, g; sound eng. by Howard L. Sacks; recording eng. by Douglas M. Gertner

[] rec. January to March 1978 at Reel Recording Co. in DeKalb, Ill.; Jim Brewer, voc, g; prod. & eng. by Jeff Meier & Mark Leach; [+ unissued titles acc. by Court Dorsey, hca]
notes by Howard L. Sacks



Earwig LPS-4904


= Earwig CD-R 4904 (2009)

8199516th Anniversary Sampler

- Jelly Roll King - Jelly Roll Kings
- Lightnin' Struck The Poor House - Kansas City Red

- Hair Like A Horse's Mane - Jim Brewer #
- Oil Man - Big Jack Johnson
- Be Careful How You Vote - Sunnyland Slim
- I'm Gonna Build My Bed On The Bottom of...
  Little Brother Montgomery
- Bottom Of The Harp - Louis Myers
- Wes Cide Bluze - Jimmy Dawkins
- Eyes Full Of Tears - David Edwards
- When The Blues Hit You - Lester Davenport
- Cairo - John Primer
- Shake Your Apple Tree - H-Bomb Ferguson
- Past, Present, and Future - Aron Burton
- Stick Candy - Lovie Lee
- Better Know What You Runnin' From
  Homesick James Williamson
- Come Here Mama - Little Willie Anderson
- Young Girl - Big Leon Brooks
- Sittin' Here Wonderin' - Louisiana Red


# rec. March 20, 1982 in Chicago, IL; Jim Brewer, voc, g

Earwig 4943 CD
9199920th Anniversary Collection

- Jelly Roll Stroll - Jelly Roll Kings
- Mr. Freddie Blues - Floyd Jones

- Long Ways From Home - Jim Brewer *
- You Can Have My Woman - Big Jack Johnson
- Gonna Put Her Down - Frank Fros
- Patience Like Job - Sunnyland Slim
- Daddy, When Is Mama Comin Home? - Big Jack Johnson
- Hard, Oh Lord - Little Brother Montgomery
- Wiggle Tail - Louis Myers
- Beetin Knockin Ringin - Jimmy Dawkins
- The Army Blues - David Edwards
- Slow Down Baby - Lester Davenport
- Lawhorn Special - John Primer
- Leavin' You Tomorrow - H-Bomb Ferguson
- Trouble - Aron Burton
- Tell Me That You Love Me - Lovie Lee
- What Done Got Into That Woman
  Homesick James Williamson
- 69th Street Bounce - Willie Anderson
- Please Mr. Catfish - Big Leon Brooks
- Parole Blues - Louisiana Red
- I'm Just a Natural Man - Aron Burton
- North Carolina Bound - Lil Ed / Dave Weld
- You Can't Call The Blues - Johnny Jones
- Life Sentence Of The Blues - Liz Mandville Greeson
- Every Now And Then - David Edwards / Carey Bell
- I Wanna Get Married - Willie Kent
- She Got A Thing Goin' On - Sunnyland Slim / Bonnie Lee
- Red's Vision - Louisiana Red
- I Wanna Get In Your Head, Before I Get ...
  Johnny Drummer
- The Friendly Stranger - Liz Mandville Greeson
- Millennium Blues - Louisiana Red


* rec. November 1, 1980 live at the Gambier Folk Festival, Gambier, OH; Jim Brewer, voc, g
2 CD set

Earwig 4946 CD
101999I Blueskvarter Chicago 1964, Volume One

CD One:
Willie Mabon
- Michelle
- Im Hungry
- I Don't Know
- New Orleans Blues
- I'm The Fixer

James Brewer
- I Know A Woman, She Lives Up The Hill #
- Big Road Blues #
- Blues In The Morning, Blues Every Turn Around #
- Poor Kelly Blues #
- I Don't No Woman, She Got Hair Like Drops Of Rain #
Eddie Boyd (+ Mike Bloomfield)
- Five Long Years
- Early Grave
- The Big Question
- Look Over Younder Wall
Yank Rachell (+ John Lee Granderson, Mike Bloomfield)
- Going To Pack Up My Things And
- Every Night And Day, I Hear My Baby Call My Name
- My Baby Rocks Me
- My Baby's Gone, Soon Ill Be Gone Myself



CD Two:
Johnny Young (+ Slim Willis, Otis Spann, Robert Whitehead)
- Why Did You Break My Heart
- Better Cut It Out
- My Baby Walked Out And Left
- Step By, Baby
- Monkey-Face Woman
Sunnyland Slim (+ Mike Bloomfield)
- Brownskin Woman - It's You Baby
- One Room Country Shack
- Sunnyland's Jump
- Rock Me
Big Walter Horton (+ Robert Nighthawk)
- Let's Have A Good Time
- Mean Mistreater
- I'm In The Mood
- Louise, Louise
- You Don't Mistreat Me
- Trouble In Mind

Interviews
Willie Mabon
James Brewer
Eddie Boyd
Yank Rachell


# rec. May 16, 1964 in Chicago, IL; Jim Brewer, voc, g




James Brewer
- The Woman I Love # [unissued]
- Sittin' Down Thinkin' About The Place I Once Have Been # [unissued]

2 CD set



Jefferson Records
SBACD 12653/4
111999And This Is Maxwell Street

CD One:
- The Sun Is Shining- Johnny Young
- Can't Hold Out Much Longer - Big John Wrencher
- Juke Medley - Carey Bell
- That's All Right - Robert Night Hawk
- Red Top/Ornithology - Little Arthur King
- Maxwell Street Jam - Carey Bell
- Lucille - Big John Wrencher
- Corinna, Corinna - Arvella Gray
- Power To Live Right - Carrie Robinson
- Cheating And Lying Blues - Robert Night Hawk
- Honky Tonk - Robert Night Hawk
- Dust My Broom - Robert Night Hawk
- Peter Gunn Jam - Robert Night Hawk
- I Need Love So Bad - Robert Night Hawk
- All I Want For My Breakfast - Johnny Young
- Take It Easy, Baby - Robert Night Hawk
- Long Gone John - Unknown Harpist


CD Two:
- Mama, Talk To Your Daughter - Big Mojo Elem
- I'm Ready - Carey Bell
- Carey'n On - Carey Bell

- When The Saints Go Marching In - James Brewer Gospel Group #
- Back Off Jam - Robert Night Hawk
- John Henry - Arvella Gray
- Anna Lee/Sweet Black Angel - Robert Night Hawk
- Love You Tonight - Big John Wrencher
- The Time Have Come - Robert Night Hawk
- Cruisin' In A Cadillac - Carey Bell
- Honey Hush - Robert Night Hawk

- I'll Fly Away - James Brewer Gospel Group #
- I Shall Overcome - Fannie Brewer

# rec. October/November 1964 on Maxwell Street in Chicago, IL for Mike Shea's Documentary Film 'And This Is Free'; Jim Brewer, voc, g; Amos Gilmore, Mother Mary Northern, Carrie Robinson, voc, tamb; Albert Holland, g
2 CD set



P-Vine PCD-5527/28 (Jp)

= Rooster CD ROO2641 (US)

= Catfish CD (UK)

Sources / Further reading:
- Clas Ahlstrand: Blind Jimmie [sic!] Brewer.- Blues Unlimited 48 (1967), pp. 11-12
- Andy Cohen: Jim Brewer: Blues Traditionalist.- Sing Out! Vol. 31 #2 (1985), pp. 26-32
- Andy Cohen: Jim Brewer 1920-1988 - Bluesman.- Sing Out! (1988), p. 32
- Les Fancourt & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1943 - 1970.- Vancouver 2006, pp. 51-52
- Robert Ford & Bob McGrath: The Blues Discography 1971 - 2000 [the later years].- Vancouver 2011, p. 54
- Ludwig Reitz: Blind Jim Brewer.- Blues Forum 6 (1982), pp. 9-11
- Joe Riley: An Interview with Jim Brewer.- JEMF Quarterly 17 # 64 (1981), pp. 215-218
- Jim Brewer obituary.- Living Blues 82 (1988)

source of left column picture: http://www.sonic.net/~talcroft/ATIMS/Biojimmybrewer.html (Studio IT)

thanks to Alan Balfour, Colin Talcroft, eRIC LeBlanc, and Frank Scott for additional info / photo / scans

 

Preserve Maxwell Street website

Chuck Cowdery's Save Maxwell Street website

 

Andy Cohen remembers Blind Jim Brewer

 

source: Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who (1979), p. 65; photo by Ray Flerlage; click to enlarge !
source: Sheldon Harris: Blues Who's Who (1979), p. 65
photo by Ray Flerlage

 

Jim Brewer appears on four movies:
Mike Shea's 1964 documentary "AND THIS IS FREE"
BLUES LIKE SHOWERS OF RAIN (1970)
BIG CITY BLUES (1980)
and
MAXWELL STREET BLUES (1981)
available on Rhapsody Films

 

Jim Brewer with Michael Kennedy and Strawberry McCloud at the New Harmony Festival of Traditional Music, June 1977; source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 30; photo by Dillon Bustin; click to enlarge !
Jim Brewer with Michael Kennedy and Strawberry McCloud
at the New Harmony Festival of Traditional Music, June 1977;
source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 30; photo by Dillon Bustin

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Chicago, Maxwell Street Market, may 11, 1980;
source: Blues Forum 6 (1982), p. 11;
photo by Friedemann Heinze
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On the main stage at the '84 Old Songs Festival;
source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 26;
photo by Armen Katchaturian
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Chicago, 1967;
source: Blues Forum 6 (1982), p. 9
photo by Clas Ahlstrand
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On stage at the '84 Old Songs Festival;
source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 27;
photo by Armen Kachaturian
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On stage at the '84 Old Songs Festival;
source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 32;
photo by John Reese
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source: Sing Out! 31/2 (1985), p. 29;
photo by Robert Barclay

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