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Albert Cummings

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Albert Cummings: Building the Blues from the Ground Up

Breaking every cliché associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes as natural to Albert Cummings as swinging a hammer while constructing one of his award-winning custom built homes. 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. Like everything he tackles, he threw himself headlong into the pursuit, going to festivals and winning several picking contests in high school. Before graduating he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, 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. He had another tradition to live up to first, however, and he studied the building trade in order to follow his family into the home building business. Not until he was 27, an age when other musicians were either already established or had long ago put their dream aside for the realities of life, did Albert finally decide to go for it.

An intense period of wood shedding resulted Albert sharing a bill with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording. In 2003 the aptly-titled From the Heart (Under the Radar), with the awesome power of a Nor’easter and the soul of a natural born artist. No less a giant of the blues than B.

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  • night_airs

    folks meet the new STEVY RAY VAUGHAN

    23 May 2:25pm Reply
  • naturefirst

    your own way , it`s so fantastic !!!!!!

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • Accipitor

    Man am I ever mad at Albert. Windows up and his cd on at a level higher then my ears should have to listen to what happens? Rockin' out and not paying attention to my speed the red and blue lights are on behind me. Here's where it gets interesting. As the cop comes up to my door I explain to him I was just flat out not paying attention while listening to Albert's cd. To my luck and dismay the cop also knew of Albert and owns the same cd. We got to chatting and I told him I have had the pleasure of knowing Albert and seeing him several times live. Long story short I was given a reprieve, told to slow down a bit and let go WITHOUT a ticket. Ok Albert so I'm not really mad at ya at all keep up the great music and sales to cops and I'll watch my speed.

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    Works of this remarkable musician influenced by the great bluesmen. That he does can be called a true madness. It is bright explosion of feelings, expressionism in blues.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • naturefirst

    good,good !!

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • psycho21r

    How can one not love this guy's music?

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • magicmagge

    Awesome -> love it

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • Nils-erik_mulle

    \o/

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • migueldelapopo

    for fans this music http://www.blues-rock-radio.de/

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • aecomputers

    Really dig this guy has a voice very similar to James Dewar down cold!

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • meancbr

    wow. I must not get out much I haven't heard him before. I love his music.

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • WiTHiNt

    nice

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rivergirl0925

    wow

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • cvacc

    great blues found this guy by accident on genius sidebar. now big fan

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • barby63

    Non saprei!

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • LevyNagy

    Have anybody noticed his voice is very similar to Paul Rodgers voice?

    20 Feb 2009 Reply

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