- The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) with V. C. Speek
Jimmi Mayes is a drummer from Chicago, Illinois, who played with many musicians and groups. He was born and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, living with his grandparents, while his parents worked in Chicago. He learned to read music and play the drums in the band at Jim Hill High School in the tenth grade (1957). He started playing in juke joints around Jackson, Mississippi. Mayes moved to Chicago after high school in 1960. He worked with Jimmy Reed, Robert Junior Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Hendrix, and more. Mayes’ career as a sideman has spanned over 50 years.
Interview with Jimmi Mayes. University Press of Mississippi
- The Amazing Jimmi Mayes – Sideman to the Stars. Book Review. Blues Blast Magazine (2014)
- Q&A With Jimmi Mayes (2014) The Clarion-Ledger.
- University Press of Mississippi page for The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars
- The unforgettable life story of one amazing musician touriing and playing with Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Reed, Marvin Gay, and many more. University Press of Mississippi.