SHOW 98: JUL 07-JUL 13, 2017
JIMI PRIMETIME SMITH
Jimi Primetime Smith was groomed to join the family business made famous by his mother, Chicago Blues legend Johnnie Mae Dunson “The Big Boss Lady.” He learned blues guitar directly from a master, the great late Jimmy Reed who lived in Jimi’s childhood home for a short period. Other legends, such as GL Crocket, Koko Taylor, Eddie Taylor, JB Hutto and Hubert Sumlin would also frequent his home. Later, as a teen he performed with Jimmy Reed on stage during some of Reed’s most memorable performances; including the famed Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Smith lived in Minneapolis for a number of years were he was considered one of the top performers and developed a close working relationship with the legendary Big Walter Smith who often introduced Jimi as his son.