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This profile was last updated on 10/29/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Cars, and Electric Guitars
    Blues Community
  • Gonzaga College
  • Guitarist

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • degree
    Gonzaga College
43 Total References
Web References
Catalog
nwblues.com, 29 Oct 2005 [cached]
Blues For Christopher - Jim Mesi
"Blues, Cars, & Electric Guitars" - ...
cascadeblues.org, 1 Jan 2001 [cached]
"Blues, Cars, & Electric Guitars" - Jim Mesi
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Jim Mesi
Eulogy - Paul deLay
www.pauldelay.com, 8 Mar 2007 [cached]
"He set the standard for harmonica players when he was 20 years old," said guitarist Jim Mesi, "and he got better from there. Mesi first played with deLay almost 40 years ago in Portland's seminal electric blues band, Brown Sugar.
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In 1976, deLay and Mesi formed the Paul deLay Blues Band, which toured hard for more than a decade in a couple of different lineups.
To the Delta Born - Paul deLay
www.pauldelay.com, 6 April 2011 [cached]
Lloyd Jones and Mesi jammed with deLay, and they formed Brown Sugar.
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1976 saw the formation of the deLay band Mk I, with Mesi, Brown Sugar drummer Bob Lyons, and Fred Coyner on bass.
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That lineup eventually metamorphosed into the Mk II deLay band: deLay on harmonica and vocals; Dave Stewart ­p; late of Cray's band ­p; keys and vocals; Jim Mesi, guitar; Don Campbell, bass and vocals; and Paul Jones on drums.
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With natural frontmen such as deLay, Stewart and Mesi, they worked those shows like a travelling blues revue.
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Guitarist Jim Mesi left the band in the mid-'80s to clean up, after throwing away a fair bit of money and a few of his beloved guitars to feed a habit that got out of control. Keyboardist Dave Stewart ­p; who left in about 1984 ­p; sold a pound of coke to a DEA agent, and went away for a four-year prison term in 1986.
He's out now, working on a degree at Gonzaga College, and fronting a great band again. Mesi has been clean for four years. He's sounding great, has more guitars than ever and a fine band that's making a name for itself in the region.
Jim Mesi
www.cascadeblues.org, 7 April 2009 [cached]
Jim Mesi
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Jim Mesi's Web Site
Muddy Awards:
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Dogpile Mega-search for Jim Mesi
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Jim Mesi's Bio
Jim Mesi has been a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest music scene for some years. Originally from Portland, Mesi was one of the founding members of Brown Sugar, the original rhythm and blues band in the Pacific Northwest, and a seminal influence on the Northwest blues scene: Brown Sugar spawned the Paul de Lay Band--for which Jim was the lead guitarist and featured soloist for several years--and the Lloyd Jones Struggle. But Mesi hasn't confined his talents to just the local scene.
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Jim has current endorsement deals with both Chandler guitars and Rivera amps. He is in constant demand as a session player for other artists' recordings, on both standard and pedal-steel guitar. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top remarked in Guitar Player magazine that Jim Mesi is one of his top three favorite guitar players in the world.
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One recent review summed it up well: "Guitar monster Mesi is one of the few players who gives the impression that every possible sound and solo is at his fingertips...you will not only dance the night away but also witness a graduate-level seminar in riffology."
After his lengthy stint on the national scene, Mesi returned to his home town and formed the Jim Mesi Band in 1989. His top-notch experience, uncanny musicianship, and solid professionalism have resulted in one of the most sought after, frequently booked, and highly regarded bands around.
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