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You Probably Want to know who we are right?


We make music that matters to us - part Blues, part Funk, part R&B, part Rock. We play real loose with the proportions, though.



In 2010, former Chicago Radio DJ Doug James recruited a veteran band of Chicago musicians to form Doug James and The Pocket. Since then we’ve been tearing through Chicagoland with shows at The House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Hard Rock Cafe, The Store, Harlem Ave Lounge, Reggies, Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest and other venues.. We finally captured our energy in a newly released CD “Leg Up”, available thru download on iTunes, and all other forms of social media.

You can get your hands on a CD thru CD Baby, Bandcamp and the old fashioned way, at a gig. We’ve gained fans from all over the world thanks to Jango and Spotify and appeared on WGN-TV’s Friday Midday Music Show. We’re also pals and frequent guests on the Hambone Blues Radio Show on WCDB 90.9FM.

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by Doug James and The Pocket

Doug James and The Pocket's first release, Leg Up features 9 original and 2 covers AND is available for download at