Jimi Schutte, Willie Kent, Eddie Shaw, Billy Flynn, James Wheeler, Jimmy Dawkins, Rob Waters
Lowell Fulsom, Jimi Schutte, Luther Allison
Little Milton, Jimmy Vaughn, Jimi Schutte, Jimmy Dawkins
(Long Beach Blues Festival 2003)
Paul White, Randy Joe Fullerton, Jimi Schutte
(Luther Allison Band 1972 )
Jimmy Dawkins, Rich Kirch
Long Beach Blues Festival 2003
Lonnie Brooks & Jimi Schutte
(KoKo Taylor 50th wedding anniversary)
Rich Kirch, Johnny Winter, Tommy Shannon, Jimi Schutte
(Chicago Blues Festival)
Bo Diddley & Jimi Schutte (Germany 1984)
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Jimi Schutte
Jimi Schutte & Hubert Sumlin
Sylvester Boines, Jimi Schutte, Rich Kirch
(The Jimmy Dawkins Band)
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Sid Winfield, Jimi Schutte, Rob Stubka
Lucerne 2003
Hubert Sumlin Birthday Party Lucerne Switzerland

AMERICAN BLUES w/ Jimi Schutte




Upcoming gigs

  • Many thanks to all American Blues fans that came out and listened and partied at the R&D Pub. The R&D has now changed its format, for music, to a younger audience (metal, punk, garage band) & charging a cover at the door. Therefore AB will not be playing there anymore.

    Come out and see AB at Straight Shots Bar, 1503 E Oklahoma Ave. every other Wednesday starting September 23 with Joe Moss & at Box Cars Inn 2227 E St Francis Ave, St Francis, WI 53235 every other Thursday (next one is Oct. 1st).

    Stay tuned, more to come!

  • Wednesday September 23, 2015 - Straight Shots Bar 1503 E Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI Joe Moss, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 5:30 p.m. view poster NOW EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY!!
  • Thursday October 1, 2015 Box Cars Pub 2227 E St. Francis Ave. St. Francis, WI Barrelhouse Chuck, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte  NOW EVERY OTHER THURSDAY! view poster
  • Sunday October 4, 2015 House of Blues Chicago, IL Scotty and the Bad Boys Scott Bradbury, Jon McDonald, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte 9:00 - 1:00 view poster
  • Wednesday October 7, 2015 Straight Shots Bar 1503 E Oklahoma Ave. MIlwaukee, WI Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte
  • Thursday October 15, 2015 Box Cars Pub 2227 E St. Francis Ave. St. Francis, WI Studebaker John, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday October 17, 2015 Havana Lounge and Cigar Bar 9505 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214 Smilin' Bobby, Frank Bandy & Jimi Schutte 8:30 p.m. view poster
  • Wednesday October 21, 2015 Straight Shots Bar 1503 E Oklahoma Ave. MIlwaukee, WI Billy Flynn, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 5:30 p.m. view poster
  • Thursday October 29, 2015 Box Cars Pub 2227 E St. Francis Ave. St. Francis, WI Rockin' Johnny, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 6:00 p.m. view poster
  • Saturday October 31, 2015 Buddy Guy's Legends Chicago, IL HALLOWEEN!! Scotty & the Bad Boys Scott Bradbury, Jon McDonald, Frank Bandy, Jimi Schutte 9:30 p.m. view poster
  • Thursday November 12, 2015 Box Cars Pub 2227 E St. Francis Ave. St. Francis, WI Danny Draher, Mike Morrison, Jimi Schutte 6:00 p.m.

American Blues

Jimi Schutte has been the go-to "Blues" drummer for countless national Blues bands dating back as far as the early 1970's. He has worked with Luther Allison ('72-'75) (Europe '83-'85), Jimmy Dawkins('76-2013), Jr. Wells, Sunnyland Slim, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks('85-'89),and later opening shows with Lonnie Brooks for Stevie Ray Vaughn and friends... just a few of the many great players.

Moving to Paris in '82 he worked with many Blues greats, touring in Europe, including Luther Allison ('83-'85), Jimmy Dawkins, Larry Davis, Blues with the Girls Tour - featuring Zora Young, LaVelle White, and Jeanne Carroll, and a host of others.

Returning to the U.S.A. Jimi settled into Chicago, Ill., where he began playing with Lonnie Brooks Band in 1986, touring and playing on two albums with Lonnie. ("Wound Up Tight", Alligator Records & "Bayou Lightning Strikes Again, Live in Chicago", Alligator Records).

Throughout all he has been playing with Jimmy Dawkins doing a number of festivals in the USA such as the Chicago Blues Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, and many others.

He continues to be an in demand blues drummer for leading Blues artists, recently (2014) working with John Primer, Robert Stroger, Perry Weber, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Smilin' Bobby, Glenn Davis, Joe Moss, Billy Flynn, Studebaker John, Danny Draher, Scotty & the Bad Boys, Rick Kraher, Luca Chiellini, Steve Arvey, Marie Martens, Joel Paterson, Tom Holland, Dave Wood, Mike Morrison, Amy Ashby, Frank Bandy, Dave Potter, Toronzo Cannon, Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, R.J. Mischo, and others as well as being the anchor in the Jim Liban Blues Combo.

A little history

click to enlarge I started playing Blues professionally in 1969, and by 1972 was on the road with Luther Allison & Band.

It was also around this time that I met Jimmy Dawkins, somewhere around '74-'75, and was playing in his band by 1977. Jimmy passed away April 10, 2013. He was a partner and mentor. The honesty of his music and the opportunity to play/work/know him, has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. Another one of the greatest adventures of my life, and more importantly, was being his friend.

Most of the time that Jimmy and I logged over the years on the road, I took a camera of some sort with me. Many times just an old Kodak card-board camera, whatever was available if mine wasn't nearby. At the time I had no idea how much these photos would mean to me.

The band members when Jimi arrived ('77) were Jimmy Dawkins (vocals and guitar), Sylvester Boines (bass), Rich Kirch (guitar).

In the spring of '81 the Jimmy Dawkins Band toured Europe. Six weeks of one nighters. What fun we had, recording "Hot Wire '81" on short notice at the end of the tour at Davout Studios in Paris on a Sunday. Left on a plane for Chicago on Monday. This album garnered the  "Grand Prix du Disque" from  Hot Club de France as well as the "Big Bill Broonzy Award" in 1981.

The Jimmy Dawkins Band went back to Europe in '82 with The American Living Blues Festival. The members of the ensemble were Jimmy Dawkins, Queen Sylvia Embry, Lester Davenport, Lafayette Leake, Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers, Abb Locke, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch, and Jimi Schutte. Live double album recorded call "The American Living Blues Festival Live in Europe 1982". Thought I would stay for a couple of weeks longer after the tour. That turned into almost 5 yrs., eventually playing with my old friend Luther Allison when he moved to Paris in '83. Many thanks to all of my friends whom I still enjoy knowing, and visiting.

Check out my Biography page for more information....


First and foremost, I've been playing drums in the Blues world going on 45yrs. For the last decade or so I've been playing with Jim Liban in Milwaukee, WI.

I book a number of players under "American Blues", always a quality group of musicians/entertainers...featuring Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Billy Flynn, Dave Potter, Larry Byrne, Mike Morrison, Studebaker John, Robert Stroger, Jim Liban, Joe Moss, and a host of others. Please feel free to contact me for a booking. JimSchutte@gymshoe.com

I've been involved in Internet related activities for 19 yrs now. Mostly building / creating websites, as well as teaching at MATC. Interested in a Website for yourself or business? Please contact me. JimSchutte@gymshoe.com

I teach Digital Media in the School of Creative Media & Arts at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) including Adobe PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. I've also been teaching Website Development (handcoding), and Website development using Dreamweaver at MATC since 2000. I'm a certified instructor in VICOM (Visual Communications) with the Wisconsin Technical College System through July 2018.

As a side I enjoy creating posters for events and bands. If you need a poster for your event, please contact me. Affordable.

Friends of American Blues

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Send me an email - JimSchutte@gymshoe.com


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