Mike West has a reputation as an honest and engaging performer. Beginning his musical journey as the frontman and guitarist for a thrash metal band, Mike traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic and began paying homage to his love of delta blues, folk and country while remaining true to his metal and rock roots.
.44 Pistol are a young, high energy electric blues band. Slide guitar driven, stripped back & dirty, they bring together the laid back country blues of artists such as Mississippi Fred McDowell with the raw electric sound of contemporary bands like the White Stripes. Up-tempo, rough & ready this is music to drink, dance and stomp your feet along to.
The band play a mix of originals, re-written old blues songs and known covers.
Although based in Stafford, since forming in 2008 they’ve clocked up around 10,000 miles, honing their style at pubs, clubs and festivals across the country & proving just how much gear it’s possible to fit into a Ford Fiesta. The band have received radio play on local stations from Essex to the Peak District, been reviewed by Blues in Britain & reached fans as far away as France and Poland. All of which they have managed without a bass player.
Frontman Lil Jim has been awarded the title of Best European Accordion Player by Cajun & Zydeco Europe. He has been playing the Accordion, along with an array of other instruments, for over 20 years. Cajun music is in his blood – his father is ‘Beeds’ from R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers.
Jim is the founder of “Down To Roots Music” and has made a name for himself in Derby and the surrounding area as well as performing at numerous festivals around Europe. He has even played several times on stage in Louisiana, the home of Cajun & Zydeco!