**A new kind of open mic session, each week Michelle Morrow hosts and has a Singer/songwriter/musician in the spotlight! These artists are some of the most fascinating people, and during a brief interview just before they perform, she probes their past revealing just a little bit more than they have within a song. Meet James Scoolis.
Burning" James Scoolis (guitars, vocals and soul)
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, James has been setting the guitar neck afire while singing in blues, soul and rock bands for over 40 years. James is a captivating double threat: a soulful singer and greasy, funky and bluesy guitar player. His fretboard influences range from blues greats like B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Eric Clapton to soul and funk masters like Steve Cropper, Jimmy Nolen and Walter Washington. His vocal influences are many: James Brown, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke to name a few. James is a founding member, namesake and leader of the band "Burning James and the Funky Flames." Burning James is an accomplished performer; well versed in all forms of America Roots music and brings 40 plus years of performing experience to the stage.