27 November 2017

The Blues Cruise 26/11/17

Email:  keithbaldwin@midlandsmetalheads.com

Playlist
  • Running Whisky by Supersonic Blues Machine
  • Wildfire by Elles Bailey
  • Mama Said by Errol Linton
  • Language Of Your Soul by Robin Bibi Band
  • Touch Too Much by AC/DC
  • Lay It Down by Matt Schofield
  • In The Pines by Fantastic Negrito
  • Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues by Buddy Guy
  • In The Sky by Craig Erickson
  • Movin’ On by Albert Cummings
  • Old Dog by Albert Cummings
  • Stay Away From My Sister by Albert Cummings
  • No More by Larry McCray
  • Big Mouth by Mike Zito
  • Sunday Morning Flood by Cry Of Love
  • Doll Maker by Mark May Band
  • Handyman by Sean Chambers & Jimmy Bennett
  • Ain’t Your Poppa’s Blues by Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentleman
  • Come Back Home by Diana Rein

This week’s featured artist is the amazing ALBERT CUMMINGS

Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”

The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. In his late teens he encountered the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve.

The whiz-kid carpenter began his ascent to masterful blues rock guitarist at age 27, with his first public performance on guitar. Soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp Yankee. In 1998 he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. The following year Albert released his debut recording, The Long Way. Bluesprint magazine said it was “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.”

For his newest recording, Someone Like You, Albert chose to record in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Gov’t Mule) at the helm. Said Z, “Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. What a blast to watch him jell in the studio with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles.”