James Gilbert

James Gilbert


Legacy is a mixture of high energy contemporary and classic Blues and R&B. With nearly a century of experience, Legacy takes the audience on a ride back in time when sweet sounding vocal harmonies and horn sections were the rule. Come reminisce with us. Relive old memories and make new ones.


Ever since I was a young boy I have loved music of all kinds. I am a fourth generation musician who was raised in a very spiritual environment, which fueled my appreciation for both gospel and blues music. Both of my parents were strict and in an effort to stay out of trouble I spent hour after hour teaching myself to play a variety of instruments, which includes drums, piano, lead and bass guitars. My singing ability was strengthened through listening to my Mother sing old spirituals around the house.
In 1979 I had the honor of sharing the stage with Blues Legend John Lee Hooker. In 1980 while attending high school, I was fortunate enough to play guitar for my neighborhood church until graduating in 1982. In 1990 my bass playing was put to the ultimate test when I was selected to accompany Legendary Blues artist B.B. King. In 1992 I made my television acting debut for the Toyota Corporations Big Spring Sale, which aired nationally. Also in 1992 my vocal talents were featured on a Missouri Lottery’s Pick 3 promotion that aired locally. In 1993 I performed with an all-star group of local musicians for the pilot episode of Kansas City Crossroads, a syndicated T.V. documentary that showcased past and present local and national musicians. In 1997 my acting talents were once again called upon to be the lead actor in the release of a Red Hot Records music video of the Brook Benton classic “Rainy Night in Georgia”. In 1991 I was part of a group of American musicians chosen to perform in the Annual Blues Festival held in Amsterdam, Holland. Currently all my efforts are being put into promoting my debut solo project entitled “Best Kept Secret”
Musicians I have been fortunate enough to play with and/or open for include:
John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Phil Guy (Buddy Guy’s Brother), Little Milton Campbell, Little Johnny Taylor, A.C. Reed, David Dee, Tinsley Ellis, Charley Musslewhite, Little Hatch, Mary Moore, Lavalle White, Chick “Stoop Down” Willis, Vernon Garrett, Little Joe Blue, Blues Boy Willie, Buster Benton, Millie Jackson, Gary BB Coleman, Zapp, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, War, Doyle Bramhall, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Tyrone Davis and Denise LaSalle.


Breaking My Heart Again

Written By: Eugene Smiley, Sr.

Breakin My Heart Again

Baby-since you’ve been gone
I’ve been missing you, for so long
I keep wondering, what went wrong
I keep praying, that you’d come back home Bridge-1

Somehow, I got to make you understand
That we belong together-forever
If you would only, only take me back again
I’d be so good to you darling
I’ll do all the things you want me to Verse

Darling-My love grows stronger everyday
Yet you push me away-Yes you did girl
When I told you-how I feel about you baby
Seems to me-you didn’t hear a word I said Chorus

Breakin my heart, again
Breakin my heart cause yo know you can Bridge-2

Girl why you leaving me here alone
All broken inside
Drives me out of my mind-and I just can’t help
Seems to me, it pleases you
When you make me feel
That I’m nothing at all Chorus-Solo-Chorus

Catchin Hell Tonight

Written By: Eugene Smiley, Sr.

Catchin Hell Tonight

You ran away with somebody else
You left me standing here by myself
I’m so amazed and I don’t know why
Feel like a fool and I wanna cry
You left me hanging, you let me down
My head is spinning going round and round
You left me hanging, you let me down
My head is spinning going round and round

My heart is hurting, oh so bad
This broken heart I wish I never had
I’m just a fool, I’m all alone
and something ain’t right-I catchin hell tonight Repeat

I should have know what was on you mind
I saw it coming for a long, long time
Want you to know because my heart’s in pain
And you and I will never be the same

You left me hanging, you let me down
My head is spinning going round and round
You left me hanging, you let me down
My head is spinning going round and round

My heart is burning so bad
A burning heart I wish I never had
I’m just a fool and I’m all alone
and something ain’t right-I catchin hell tonight

Now I don’t know what I’m gonna do
How in the world can I get over you
Someday I hope that I can understand
Why you left me for another man Solo

I catchin hell tonight, I catchin hell tonight, I catchin hell tonight
I catchin hell tonight Vamp

Shady Side of Town

Written By: Eugene Smiley, Sr.

Shady Side Of Town

Do you remember baby
When we had our ups and downs
Do you remember girl
When you wouldn’t let me hang around

Was it you girl, was it your freinds
That let me down, just because
I’m from that shady side of town Repeat

Do you remember baby
The games we used to play
When I’d try to kiss you girl
You’d just turn and walk away Bridge-Turnaround

Well I made it girl
Without you and you see
I’m more man that you ever thought I’d be
Yes I made it girl, made it to the top, girl I made , yes I made it, yes I made it
From that, Shady side of town Repeat-Verse-2-Vamp


2006- Producer, Singer, Songwriter Eugene Smiley, Sr. challenges me creatively and together we bring to light my first solo CD project entitled “Best Kept Secret”, which is a mixture of old school R&B and seventies soul. Best Kept Secret gave me the opportunity to not only shine vocally as well as on bass. I was able to crank out several tracks on lead guitar that pulled it all together. My bass playing skills can also be found on other project such as:
K.City Records Artist Eugene Smiley, Sr. “LEGENDS”,
1996-Red Hot Records Artist Millage Gilbert, “3 FACES”,
1990-Ichiban Records Artist’s “Blues Boy” Willie Mc Falls “BWHO2” and David Dee’s self titled CD.

Set List

(Old School R&B) Let’s Stay Together, Knock On Wood, If You Want Me to Stay, Ain’t No Sunshine, Dock of The Bay, I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You, Smiling Faces, Rainy Night in Georgia, Groove Me, Shotgun, Brick House, Grandma’s Hand, Let’s Get It On,
(Motown Medley) My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Just My Imagination, Get Ready, Superstition, I Wish (instrumental version), Signed, Sealed Delivered, Ooo Baby Baby
(Best Kept Secret CD) Breaking My Heart Again, Stop Sign, I Wanna Know, Think About Love, Goin Home.