Joey Gilmore, is an American electric blues and soul blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He has shared the stage with James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, and Little Johnny Taylor among others.
Gilmore was born in Ocala, Florida, United States in 1944. Self-taught on the guitar at an early age, from watching a local minister/barber playing his own flat-bodied guitar, Gilmore initially headed a band of youths who appeared in local clubs long before they were legally able to enter such establishments.
In the 1960s, Gilmore relocated to South Florida, and he became a popular local attraction which led to him accompanying many touring blues, R&B and soul musicians. He recorded a small number of tracks in the 1970s. He released several EPs at that time, as well as the Joey Gilmore album (1977), which was re-released in 2012.His next album was So Good to be Bad (1989), reached number 80 on the US Billboard R&B album chart. It took until the mid 1990s before Gilmore began recording more frequently, and he appeared at numerous blues, jazz and soul festivals which included dates in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Mississippi Valley, Montreux, Riverwalk, and in Taiwan. In 2012 he played at the Daytona Blues Festival.
In 2008, Gilmore was awarded a Blewzzy Award for the ‘best song’, “Blues All Over You”. In 2015, Gilmore was honored with a Latin World Talent Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to regularly play throughout his native Florida, including an appearance at Blues & Brews Bistro!
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