Live Music on The Verandah with Jim Lee Sirauge
May 12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
An Amerasian adopted by a couple of Arkansas Hillbillies, Jimmy Lee Sirage, himself an unlikely combination of influences, is the quintessential rock and roller. He is currently producing a collection of some of his original music which he best describes as "What the Beatles would have sounded like had Frank Zappa been in the band."
A child of the sixties, his music reflects the influences of the popular groups of that period, most notably the bands of the first British Invasion.
Later, Jimmy's roots dug deeper into late 1950s rhythm and blues and rockabilly performers ranging from the white cats such as Elvis Presly, Eddie Cohron, Johnny Burnette, Roy Orbison, Dion, Ricky Nelson, etc. to the black cats who started it all, such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert and Freddie King, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Slim Harpo, etc.
Add to this the late 1960s and early 1970s artists such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page along with the Glitter-era and pre-Punk musings of Lou Reed, David Bowie, and the New York Dolls on up to the 1980s sound of recycled 1960s rock combined with Reggae.
Of course, there is nothing new or unique in all of this; however, with this combination of influences plus the fact that Jimmy Lee had a heavy dose of Speech and Drama classes throughout his school years, added to his unique appearance, you have a highly visible, energetic performer.
Seeing is believing. As John Staheley, a former guitarist for Spririt and Jo Jo Gunne, put it,"he's a dynamo; great stage presence...he's got the knack."