The James Street Preachers are on a mission to take the Blues back to the street, as a living homage to the Blues legend, Wiley Reed, who taught them their craft. Jamie Kasdaglis and Matt Lye were fortunate enough to learn at the feet of the master, playing in Reed’s backing band off and on for 15 years. "We were really fortunate that we got that experience. He’s the last of that generation. We want to continue that legacy of maintaining that real sound and entertainment. "
The duo began busking on James Street Burleigh and quickly built up a following that has led to residencies at the Gold Coast's best bars and restaurants. Since then The James Street Preachers have performed and entertained audiences at popular Festivals such as Blues on Broadbeach, Swell Festival and the Nimbin Roots Festival.
This is Blues the way it was played in Maxwell Street, Chicago, back in the day by train hopping Bluesmen surviving on their wits and musicianship. Key influences include Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howling Wolf, Hounddog Taylor, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.