Jimi Schutte, Willie Kent, Eddie Shaw, Billy Flynn, James Wheeler, Jimmy Dawkins, Rob Waters
Nora Jean recording session
Paul White, Randy Joe Fullerton, Jimi Schutte
(Luther Allison Band 1972 )
Photo courtesy of "Fat" Richard Drake
On the Horizon
Jimi Schutte has been the go-to "Blues" drummer for countless national Blues bands dating back as far as the early 1970's. He has worked with Luther Allison (U.S. '72-'75) (Europe '83-'85), Jimmy Dawkins, Jr. Wells, Sunnyland Slim, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks ('85-'89) and later opening shows with Lonnie Brooks for Stevie Ray Vaughn and friends... just a few of the many great players.
Moving to Paris in '81 he worked with many Blues greats, touring in Europe, including Luther Allison ('83-'85), Jimmy Dawkins, Larry Davis, Blues with the Girls Tour - featuring Zora Young, LaVelle White, and Jeanne Carroll, and a host of others.
Returning to the U.S.A. Jimi settled into Chicago, Ill., where he began playing with Lonnie Brooks Band in 1986, touring and playing on two albums with Lonnie. ("Wound Up Tight", Alligator Records & "Bayou Lightning Strikes Again, Live in Chicago", Alligator Records).
Throughout all he has been playing with Jimmy Dawkins doing a number of festivals in the USA such as the Chicago Blues Festival, Long Beach Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, and many others.
He continues to be an in demand blues drummer for leading Blues artists, having worked with John Primer, Robert Stroger, Perry Weber, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Smilin' Bobby, Billy Flynn, Danny Draher, Rick Kraher, Luca Chiellini, Steve Arvey, Marie Martens, Joel Paterson, Tom Holland, Dave Wood, Mike Morrison, Amy Ashby, Dave Potter, Toronzo Cannon, Billy Flynn, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, R.J. Mischo, Stephen Hull, Jimmy Schwarz, and others as well as being the anchor in the Jim Liban Blues Band. (2000-2015)
American Blues Poster Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award from Big City Rythym & Blues Magazine