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1) It Serves Me Right To Suffer  *
2) I Wonder Why #
3) I'm Good For Nothing #
4) Triple Trebles (instr) #
5) I Finally Learned A Lesson *
6) You Got To Keep On Trying #
7) Night Rock (instr) *
8) Little Angel Child *
9) I Don't Know What Love Is #
10) Breaking Down (instr) #
11) Sad And Blues * °°
12) Back Home Blues *
rec. November 28, 1968 & January 27, 1969 in Chicago, IL;
Jimmy Dawkins, voc, g; Eddie Shaw, ts; Lafayette Leake p,  org; Mighty Joe Young, g; # Ernest Gatewood, b; * Joe Harper, b; Lester Dorsie, dr;
prod. by Robert G. Koester
cover photo by Jim Powell; liner photo by Jim Falconer
°° CD bonus track (with re-recorded voc)
Blues guitarist Jimmy Dawkins stands out as a solemn, thoughtful figure. With his ax cradled in his arms, staring through his shades into the crowd but not really seeing them, he seems merged with his songs on a higher realm. His voice pleads, his fingers answer with super-quick guitar riffs which complement each other beautifully.
This CD was his first album as leader and it offers a glimpse into the soul and character of a great blues man. Winner of the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz given by the “Hot Club de France.”
JIMMY DAWKINS BIOGRAPHY
by Grego Anderson
Jimmy Dawkins was born in Tchula, Mississippi, and moved to Chicago in 1955. He worked in a box factory, and started to play local blues clubs, gaining a reputation as a session musician.
In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, he released his first solo album Fast Fingers on Delmark Records, winning the “Grand Prix du Disque” from the Hot Club de France. In 1971 Delmark released his second album All For Business with singer Andrew “Big Voice” Odom and guitarist Otis Rush.
He began to tour in Europe and Japan, and recorded more albums in the USA and Europe. Dawkins also contributed a column to the blues magazine “Living Blues” which he co-founded. In the 1980’s he released few recordings, and began his own label, Leric Records, and was more interested in promoting other artists, including Taildragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Wallace.
In 1991 he began to tour and record more regularly. In 1995 he received three nominations for the W.C. Handy Award in the categories “Best Blues Instrumentalist – guitar”, “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” (1994’s Blues And Pain), and “Blues Song of the Year” (“Fool in Heah”). The re-release of Fast Fingers received a W.C. Handy Award nomination as “Best Reissue Blues Album of the Year” in 1999.
"James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins (October 24, 1936 – April 10, 2013) was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He was generally considered a part of the "West Side Sound" of Chicago blues. He was born in Tchula, Mississippi in 1936. He moved to Chicago in 1955. He worked in a box factory, and started to play local blues clubs, gaining a reputation as a session musician.
Dawkins began to tour in Europe and Japan and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. Dawkins also contributed a column to the blues magazine Living Blues. In the 1980s he released few recordings, but began his own record label, Leric Records, and was more interested in promoting other artists, including Taildragger, Queen Sylvia Embry, Little Johnny Christian and Nora Jean Wallace.
Dawkins died of undisclosed causes on April 10, 2013, aged 76."