Albert Cummings will be making his Center for the Arts debut on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.
Cummings is not only a master guitarist, but also a master carpenter. He learned the first three chords on guitar from his father and at the age of twelve switched to banjo, which started his love of bluegrass music. He became a fan of the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and saw him play live in 1987, which made him return to playing guitar.
Cummings’ played his first public performance on guitar at the age of 27. He soon began touring on the Northeast blues circuit with his band Swamp Yankee.
In 1998 he performed at a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. By 2000 he released his debut recording, The Long Way.
His most recent album, Someone Like You, was recorded in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z, who said, “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.”
Tickets are available by calling 877-749-ARTS (2787) or by visiting Center4Art.org and range in price from $20 - $25.