The Stevie James Trio is an in-demand blues band from Dallas, TX.
The group plays a variety of blues-rock, ranging from Buddy Guy to Jimi Hendrix, as well as their own originals. Since forming in the middle of last year, they’ve built a solid reputation, already earning two nominations for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards in the categories of Best Blues Act and Best Guitarist. They have played weekly throughout the DFW metroplex, at popular venues such as Prophet Bar, Barcadia, Twilite Lounge, and The Standard Pour, to name a few. In addition, they’ve held a year-long residency on Wednesday nights at the Free Man Cajun Cafe in Deep Ellum.
The band is led by the talented and charismatic Stephen Ketner on guitar and vocals. Ketner has a background in jazz, having played with the The Freeloaders for the past two years. He’s a consummate professional who’s been playing guitar for over ten years. His style ranges from subdued and emotive, to a more complex and overt showmanship, reminiscent of Hendrix himself. The trio is also comprised by the reputable Merik Gilette on drums and the versatile Isaac “Crash” Burns on bass. They may also add a brass section depending on the occasion.