The leader of The Jimmys, Jimmy Voegeli, shared a kinship with another musician and good friend of mine, Scott Miller.
Scott went back home to West Virginia to help out with the family cattle farm, but still tours regularly.
During the day Jimmy helps out on his family's fifth-generation dairy farm. They till 1,500 acres of crop land, and milk over 200 Brown Swiss dairy cows. They show and exhibit dairy cattle throughout the states.
But when Jimmy is leading The Jimmys, farm life disappears and contemporary blues rock the house as on his latest project, Gotta Have It.
The Wisconsin native played with the Westside Andy and Mel Ford band for 18 years - voted "Best Blues Band in Wisconsin" and "Best Band in Madison" numerous times; they received a Grammy Award nomination for "Contemporary Blues Album" in 2003. Jimmy went to Europe with The Crashers in 2003 in support of their "Love School" CD, touring with Dan Baird and Homemade Sin.
The Jimmys have included guest stars on this new release including long time fan Marcia Ball co-writing and performing on “Write a Hit” and adding her vocals to “When You Go Love.”
My personal favorite is “Grim Reaper.”