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Middlesboro | Kentucky

JJ Thames

August 20, 2016 at 7pm


“Mississippi Blues Diva” JJ Thames is a force of nature on stage, bending her magnificent, bluesy voice to a mix of R&B, funk, Motown, ska, reggae and soul.

Detroit native Thames studied piano and classical and jazz voice as a teenager, until she had her first child and headed to Mississippi to attend college. Upon losing her second child to a rare form of lymphoma, Thames returned to Detroit and singing—which she describes as “the only thing that lifted her out of her despair.” After Thames won over fans as a headliner at Lola’s nightclub, she moved on to NYC, busking in subway tunnels, working multiple jobs, giving birth to a third son and eventually living with her children in a homeless shelter. 

A move back to Mississippi in 2012 triggered her rebirth, as the soulful singer signed with Dechamp Records and produced her debut album. The title track on Tell You What I Know—released to critical acclaim in 2014—hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart.



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2005 W Cumberland Ave, Middlesboro, KY 40965, United States
Levitt AMP Pop-up Park
2005 W Cumberland Ave, Middlesboro, KY 40965, United States

Location Info

Site Rules

Pets allowed on leash if friendly and good around crowds and kids. No alcohol or glass bottles.


Street parking is available. Parking is also available at the City Hall parking lot one block north of Cumberland Ave, between 20th and 21st St. 

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