Years Performed: 2017
Albert Cummings writes, plays, and sings the blues like nobody else. He’s played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”
Cummings learned the guitar from his father, but switched to playing banjo at age 12, and become 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 Vaughn perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve.
Cummings formed his first band, Swamp Yankee, in the late 1990s. He earned entry to the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge and one year later 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.”
In 2003, Cummings released From the Heart, with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton from Stevie Ray Vaughn’s band, Double Trouble. Shortly thereafter, Cummings signed with Blind Pig Records for a multi-album deal. His 2004 release, True to Yourself, showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics. With 2006 came the release of Working Man. Billboard described it as “…the calling card of a blues star who has arrived. Cummings’ guitar work is sizzling. This is one of the top blues albums of 2006.”
The release of his first live album, Feel So Good, showcased his stage presence, fiery guitar playing, and songwriting. Music Connection called it “one of the best live albums recorded in a long time.” Cummings most recent release is Someone Like You.
The Long Way, 1999
From the Heart, 2001
True to Yourself, 2004
Working Man, 2005
Feel So Good, 2008
Feel So Good: Albert Cummings Live, 2008
No Regrets, 2012
Someone Like You, 2015
Blues Make Me Feel So Good: The Blind Pig Years, 2015