Teresa James, a Houston, Texas native, was introduced to music at an early age by her father and grandfather, both old school guitar players. She began playing piano at age five and hasn’t stopped since. Together with husband Terry Wilson, who writes and produces their music, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps have released eleven albums, including Here in Babylon (2018), which was GRAMMY®-nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
‘The Rhythm Tramps’ band was originally formed by Terry Wilson and Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal) when the two were living in London in the 70’s and touring with the rock band Back Street Crawler (featuring the legendary Paul Kosso on guitar and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick on keyboards). They missed playing the Texas style blues they had grown up with so formed a band to play in local pubs. James and Wilson relocated to Los Angeles in the 80’s and
continued the tradition with a band of world class players who have toured or recorded with such artists as Eric Burdon & the Animals, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed,
Lightin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Vaughan, Johnny Nash, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, Tower Of Power, and many more. Their songs have been recorded by many other artists. In 2008, James received a Blues Music Award nomination for Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year.
Now, having returned to the studio in follow-up to their GRAMMY-nomination, Wilson again takes his spot in the producer’s chair with a treasure trove of new music he has written during the Pandemic. James and Wilson saw a unique opportunity while all of their touring musical friends were grounded to invite an assortment of stellar artists as special guests on the tracks. Featured artists include Kevin McKendree and Yates McKendree; plus Anson Funderburgh, David Millsap, Dean Parks, Lee Roy Parnell, James Pennebaker, Johnny Lee Schell, and Snuffy Walden, all hailing from Texas. The result is the aptly named musical collection, Rose-Colored Glasses, Vol. 1.
& THE RHYTHM TRAMPS
RECORD OF THE YEAR: "All You Ever Bring Me Is the Blues"
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1
SONG OF THE YEAR: "Takes One to Know One"
AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE: "All You Ever Bring Me Is the Blues"
AMERICAN ROOTS SONG: "Takes One to Know One"
CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM: Rose-Colored Glasses Vol. 1