After 60 years, the remarkable true story of the greatest Philadelphia songwriter you never heard is being told. "Shake The Hand Of A Fool: The Story of Jesse James Sims" is coming to the stage in 2023. From the pen of accomplished and ascendant Philadelphia playwright John O'Hara, we learn Jesse's story through aspiring basement author Arthur and Paula, his long-suffering yet patiently devoted barista girlfriend. From the Church Of God in North Carolina to The Steel Pier, Swan Records and The Brill Building, the story of a man who came SO close only to have it taken away, will finally be told, in story and song.
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"SHAKE THE HAND OF A FOOL: The Jesse James Sims Anthology" is a 2-LP, 180g, limited edition vinyl reissue containing all of Jesse's known recorded demos and acetates, restored, along with brand new records of those songs by Tim Sims, as well BRAND NEW SONGS, co-written with Jesse across the decades by some of today's top local and national indie artists like The Ben Vaughn Quintet, Stel Furet, After The Fall, Rabbit Heart, and more!
The names of those who Jesse performed, recorded, jammed and hung out with reads like a "Who's Who" of late 1950s rock & R&B icons:
- Roy Buchanan
- Ray Peterson
- Bobby "Blue" Bland"
- Frank Virtue
and so many more.....We put together a fun little "Six Degrees" chart illustrating Jesse's musical universe.
From late 1940s rural Kernersville, NC and the inspired gospel of The Swordsmen; to late 1950s urban Philadelphia, PA and the R&B stylings of Jesse James Sims; to the late 1970s/early 80s gospel-tinged southern rock of The Kelly James Band, the Sims family has been making music. Listen here.
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