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ALBERT CUMMINGS - No Regrets (2012)
Albert Cummings is an American blues musician. Cummings started playing the five-string banjo at the age of twelve, but later switched to guitar. In his late twenties he formed a band, Swamp Yankee, and in 1999 released an independently produced album. The trio spent two hours in a recording studio to record the nine songs for the album. His next recording was issued as an album with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, known as being part of Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing team. Serving as record producers, they also arranged a deal to ensure wider distribution. Only Shannon remained as the bassist for Cummings' next album. Two years later, in 2006, Cummings recorded a fourth album with new band members.
Albert Cummings is a seasoned performer, having released five previous albums before No Regrets. He delivers Southern blues and country-flavored tunes with skill, confidence, great guitar licks, and strong vocals. All of the songs on this CD are originals by Cummings, except for the cover of "Mannish Boy." They are all pleasant songs which reflect a familiarity with both rock and roots music. All of the songs on the CD are competently done, whether blues rockers or country ballads and all have stellar guitar work and strong lyrics. As for "Mannish Boy," Cummings delivers a pretty decent version here, not as fiery or dynamic as some I have heard, but not bad. Production is basic here. That is a good thing as it allows the voice and guitar work, with a solid drum underlying it all, to shine as any blues and roots-influenced music should. Cummings is smooth, enjoyable, and will appeal to fans of artists like Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, and The Allman Brothers—good company for any musician to be in, certainly. You won't regret adding No Regrets to your collection.
TRACKS: 01. Glass House 02. 500 Miles 03. Eye To Eye 04. Checkered Flag 05. She's So Tired 06. Your Day Will Come 07. Cry Me A River 08. Drink Party And Dance 09. Foolin Me 10. Where You Belong 11. Mannish Boy 12. Home Town