as "Big Al"
Good-natured harmless Elvis look-alike. Recently
released from a mental institution, determined to start a new
life in a small town and his delusional problem may not be completely
cured. A big story teller and as talented a singer as he may
be, the world might be a far too dangerous place for him.
Big Jim Wheeler has been called 'a throwback to
the future' and is arguably the best-kept secret in American music.
He hails from both the Adirondacks of upstate New York and the
Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Through his many travels
he has pleased audiences with his deep voice and dramatic singing
style from Illinois to Istanbul and from Maine to Madagascar while
serving his country in the U.S. Navy.
His many friends, fans and admirers of "Big
Jim Wheeler and Wheels of Fire" include top performers
such as the late Roscoe Gordon, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, blues man James Cotton,
and many others, several of whom he has shared the stage with.
Award winning director Jonathan Demme, hired Jim to
appear as a featured extra in his remake of “The Manchurian
Candidate” with Denzel Washington. He has since starred in Ric Pantale's independent short film, "The
Monkey's Paw" and sings the theme song, which was penned by
band mates and long time friends, Billy and Muddy Roues.