Albert Cummings - Someone Like You (2015)
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Electric Blues, Blues Rock | Blind Pig Records #BPCD 5166
Albert Cummings is an American blues musician who is currently signed to Blind Pig Records. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings' latest studio album, Someone Like You, was recorded in Los Angeles 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." One of those musicians was special guest Jimmy Vivino, leader of the Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show, and Albert's Blind Pig labelmate, who appears on three tracks. Master builder turned master guitarist, Albert has become a favorite of fans who love soulful, explosive rocking blues...
Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, was so impressed with Albert's talent that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording in 2003.
Since then he's established a reputation as a rare talent renowned for his uniquely muscular yet polished guitar wizardry. Billboard said his "guitar work is sizzling." Guitar One exclaimed, "He attacks his axe with unbridled ferocity and deep soulfulness."
Cummings said of the new album and the L.A. recording process, "I'm tremendously excited about this CD and the team of people that will be working this record. It was such a pleasure to also work with David Z and Jimmy Vivino and so exciting to share their excitement about the potential this record has."
Albert Cummings was born in Williamston, MA, and has made his home in the New England region all his life, where he runs a successful home construction business. He started playing the five-string banjo when he was 12 and appeared headed for a regional career in bluegrass when he encountered the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan in his late teens, and soon made the transition to electric guitar. His first public performance on guitar came at a wedding reception when he was 27 years old, but soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp Yankee, and an independent CD, The Long Way, was released in 1999. A chance encounter with Vaughan's old band, Double Trouble, led to Cummings' first solo record, From the Heart, which was recorded in Austin, TX, and featured Cummings fronting Double Trouble. The record was self-released by Cummings, but was soon picked up for distribution by Under the Radar and released in 2003. Cummings' soulful and explosive approach to blues and rock caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which signed him to a multi-album deal. His debut album on the label, True to Yourself, was released in 2004. He has since shared the bill with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond, Susan Tedeschi, Tommy Castro, Chris Duarte, Bernard Allison, the Neville Brothers, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Sheryl Crow, and Duke Robillard. He released his third album, Working Man, in 2006, following it up with a live set, Feel So Good, in 2008.
~ Steve Leggett, All Music Guide
01. No Doubt [04:38]
02. I Found You [04:28]
03. Up Your Sleeve [04:28]
04. Movin' On [04:48]
05. So Strong [05:02]
06. Finally in Love [03:52]
07. Make up Your Mind [04:18]
08. Little Bird [07:05]
09. Meatlocker [03:43]
10. I'm in Love with You [03:44]
11. Old Dog [03:24]
12. Stay Away from My Sister [02:40]