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
- I´m 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 I´ll 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, Frank Scott and Andy Cohen 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 & Andy Cohen at WHRW radio station at State University at Binghamton, New York, 1971; click to enlarge !
Jim Brewer & Andy Cohen at WHRW radio station
at State University at Binghamton, New York, 1971
(press photo by Leo F. Fahey)
(Jim Brewer plays a Gibson D-28, Andy Cohen a Gibson J-200)

 

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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Jim Brewer & Albert Hollins
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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