Jimmy Hall, former lead vocalist, harmonica and sax player for one of the premier Southern Rock bands Wet Willie, has a long and varied background as a performer, working with Capricorn Records from its early days in the 1970s.
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Hall cofounded Wet Willie in 1970; over the next ten years, Hall and the group toured with Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, Grand Funk Railroad and the Grateful Dead. Hall was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocalist for Jeff Beck's 1985 Flash album.
After Wet Willie's breakup, Hall moved to Nashville to work on a solo project for Epic Records, and he's been based there ever since, finding a healthy blues scene in a city known for country music. On his 1996 effort Rendezvous With The Blues, Hall is backed by people like Clayton Ivey on piano, former Capricorn session drummer Bill Stewart, and Dr. Dan Matrazzo on Hammond B-3 organ; the record also features Johnny Sandlin, the same producer who sat behind the console on Wet Willie's 1973 live album Drippin' Wet.
In recent years, Hall joined Hank Williams Jr's touring band playing sax and harmonica, and again toured internationally with Brit Rocker Jeff Beck.
His latest CD “Build Your Own Fire”, to be released on ZOHO ROOTS on April 10, 2007 features Jimmy’s tribute to one of the great, but lately almost forgotten heroes of the late 1960’s Southern Rock and R & B scene, guitarist / composer Eddie Hinton (1944-95).
Plans for Jimmy for 2007 include tours as vocalist with the newly formed Southern Rock band “Deep South”. Tour dates to be announced shortly.
"For my money, Jimmy Hall is the best white R&B Singer alive." Steve Cropper
“Jimmy Hall is my soul brother.” Gregg Allman
''If you are asking who I think is the best Southern Rock singer - hands down Jimmy Hall, no question.'' John Bell, Widespread Panic