Dicky James and the Blue Flames

Dicky James and the Blue Flames

 West Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Dicky James and the Blue Flames is a high octane Chicago style blues band with an electrifying stage show. We write most of our own material and, make no mistake, we are a blues band. That's what we do!.


Described by one reviewer as “those electrified blues masters”, Dicky James and the Blue Flames is one of the hottest blues bands touring the Midwest. They have been captivating audiences everywhere with their superb brand of smoking’ Chicago style blues.
The band is comprised of a group of tremendous players who hail from varied backgrounds. Dicky James, guitarist and chief vocalist, is the main song smith and has proven he knows the blues inside and out. He finds his inspiration in everyday experiences and depends on the Blue Flames to bring that vision to life. He learned to play listening to blues and Motown records and from age of 18 has played across the nation in various rock and blues bands. Through the years he has taken the stage with such notable acts as Rod Piazza, Big Daddy Kinsey, and Koko Taylor.
Harp wizard Bob Freeze has studied the playing of the greats and has developed a nuanced and seamless style which has become the “horn section” of the Blue Flames.
John Beeson who, ironically, owns one of the nation’s premier guitar shops, plays the Hammond organ and has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in music.
Mark Ford is a jazz trained bassist whose many years experience in big bands adds an unmistakable swing feel to the band.
Will Cox started drumming to music of the British Invasion and, after many years on the road, has transformed that rock sensibility into the perfect blues driver.
Their first album, ‘The Blues Taste Good’, called “brilliant and timeless” in one review, put the world on notice this band was for real. But the breakthrough came in 2011 when they released their second record, ’Hard Rain’. Taking it’s title from a rainy pilgrimage to Memphis by motorcycle, this record shot to #1 in the nation in the blues category and has garnered rave reviews throughout the industry as well as world wide air play. They are currently beginning work on their third, as yet untitled, cd.
Having said all that you really can’t grasp the power of Dicky James and the Blue Flames until you hear them live at such venues as the Slippery Noodle Inn, the Crossroads Blues Fest, the Players Pub, or at the Kickapoo Kick Festival where they won the battle of the bands. Dicky is an unparalleled performer who never fails to command the room as he glides through the audience displaying his showmanship and stellar guitar playing.


In March, 2009 Dicky James and the Blue Flames released their first cd entitled 'The Blues Taste Good'. In April 2011 the band released it's second album, 'Hard Rain', which has not only received worldwide airplay and widespread acclaim but, on September 9, 2011, reached the #1 spot in the nation on the Blues Roots charts.

Set List

The short but growing list of tunes written and performed by DJBF:

Truman Street Blues
The Blues Taste Good
Main Road Blues
Chicago Skyway
Fly Right
So Long Baby
Hard Rain
You Think You So
Sound Mind
Everybody Got To Pay
Hey Baby
Game On
It’s All True
Bulldog Talkin’
Icehouse Shuffle

Here are a few covers. This list expands all the time so don’t pay too much attention to it.

If You Love Me Like You Say
Angel of Mercy
Midnight Train
Blues is My Business
Messin’ With the Kid
Killing Floor
Hoochie Coochie Man
Travelin’ South
Inside Out
Rollin’ Man
Cold Chills
I Got Your Number
You Got to Help Me
Workin’ Overtime
Crosscut Saw
Holdin’ the Line
Big Toe
Red House
Hey Joe
Stormy Monday
Helping Hand
The Life I Chose
Rock Me Baby
Dust My Broom
Rollin' and Tumblin'
Little Red Rooster
The Thrill is Gone
The Hunter