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Albert Cummings w/ Maria Aurigema opening
April 21 @ 7:00 pm
Albert Cummings is an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, and award-winning master builder. His playing style weds the chunky, rave-up R&B stylings of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan to the boundary-less blues-rock improvisation of Jimi Hendrix and Freddie King’s resonant phrasing. Further, he is a powerful vocalist possessed of a rich, expressive baritone. After hearing him play live, Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (Vaughan’s Double Trouble) produced and played on 2001’s From the Heart. 2004’s True to Yourself marked the guitarist’s Blind Pig debut. 2006’s Working Man peaked inside the Top Ten on the blues charts and established Cummings as a touring headliner in Europe. 2012’s No Regrets peaked at five. Even as he was crafting homes and doing award-winning restoration work in Massachusetts he found time to record the 2015 number two smash, Someone Like You. Cummings
left Blind Pig in 2017 and signed with Germany’s Provogue for 2020’s soul-blues revue-styled Believe; it also peaked at two.
Cummings was born in Williamston, Maryland. His father played guitar and fiddle in many local bands, including a 26-piece orchestra. Seeing his dad on-stage made an immense impression on the youngster. Unable to wrap his hand around a guitar’s neck, Cummings took up the banjo at 12. At 15 he picked up the guitar and began learning to play from recordings by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, and Muddy Waters.