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J Michael King: Bio

J. MICHAEL KING started playing the blues in 1966 and became a professional musician in 1973. During his career as a teacher and performer, Michael has absorbed many influences and mastered many styles, chiefly blues and R&B, and has played guitar backing such artists as Chuck Jackson (I Don’t Want To Cry), Bobby Lewis (Tossin’ and Turnin’), Billy Joe Royal (Down In The Boondocks), Roy Head (Treat Her Right), Chicago Bob, Phil Guy, Spencer Bohran, and Eddie Kirkland. He has opened shows for many artists. Two of his favorites being Mose Allison and Dr. John.
After studying with jazz greats Howard Roberts and Joe Diorio at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, he returned to Greenville to teach guitar and to form the electric blues band The Blues Club, which won the MTV Battle of The Bands. A bit farther on down the road he became one of the founding members of Greenville South Carolinas’ Jellyroll Antennae Blues Trio. During the groups nine-year tenure they were house band at two of the city’s hottest spots; The Crescent City Grille and Occasionally Blues. The band was sought after as a backup unit for traveling artists as well as for their own blistering shows. They cut two CDs, one included the song “Keep it in the Family” which became a dance hit in England. Presently, he is indulging himself in the study and playing of the local South Carolina music known as the Piedmont Blues.