Blues wailer James Leg introduces the music video for “All But Gone,” the first single from his forthcoming full-length LP on Romanus Records, slated to drop later this year.
Originally from Port Arthur, Texas, James Leg, aka John Wesley Myers, was and is the son of a preacher. While still young, the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Leg became a skilled pianist, playing during his father’s church services. Later, at the age of 15, he sat in a tent revival, listening to a homily detailing the wickedness of secular music. Intrigued by the devil’s music, he immersed himself in the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC. Before long, he became spellbound by hard rock and the blues.
In 2002, Leg and Mark “Porkchop” Holder formed the Black Diamond Heavies, a side project, releasing their debut EP in 2004. The following year, 2005, he hooked up with the Immortal Lee County Killers, which disbanded two years later. Taking the stage name James Leg, Myers focused on the Black Diamond Heavies, releasing three albums, and touring in both the U.S. and internationally.
Leg appeared on albums by the Buffalo Killers and Left Lane Cruiser, as well as on The Cut In The Hill Gang’s Mean Black Cat, followed by dropping his debut solo album, Solitary Pleasure. In 2015, he released his second solo effort, Below the Belt, followed by 2016’s Blood on the Keys.
Renowned for his high-octane live shows, Leg has performed in 46 states, along with 30 countries.
“All But Gone” opens on grit-filled keyboards topped by Leg’s growling swamp-laced voice, growling with ominously dripping timbres. Jovian, crunching drums and a fat throbbing bassline drive the rhythm, as oozing guitars infuse the music with gravelly tones.
Grinding and groaning with gooey Southern punk-blues textures, “All But Gone” surges with grimacing energy, raw and bristling, as if Rob Zombie decided to cover ZZ Top, only with darker potency sizzling with grainy momentum.
James Leg has it going on! “All But Gone” aches with palpable blues flavors, grimy layers of encrusted harmonics, and the howling tones of James Leg.