James Hill was a west coast blues artist from the '40s and '50s. He seems to have been caught up in the independent recording scene of that time, which in term of this style of music was similar to legions of fishermen setting out with their boats. If that's the case, then Hill represents some kind of small, undesirable fish that was thrown back. He shows up on only one record, cut with back-up from pianist J.D. Nicholson and His Jiving Five. It is appropriate to mention the title of this opus, "I Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog No More", even if it makes a mess of the fish theme. Nicholson, the cousin of harmonica great Little Walter, also backed up performers such as Jimmy McCracklin and Ray Agee. It was the Elko label that recorded the effort with Hill, reissued by the Austrian Wolf label.
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