Ribs, bacon-flavored cotton candy, pulled pork sandwiches and bacon-flavored ice cream and so much more… Yes, pork products reigned supreme when the annual Troy Pig Out joined forces withBaconFest NY in Troy’s recently renovated Riverfront Park last month.
But in addition to the oodles of eats, the fest also offered up plenty of great music, too, including a headlining show by Blind Pig Records’ blues-slinger extraordinaire Albert Cummings and such Local 518 faves as Mirk, Stellar Young and the Twangbusters.
Pittsfield, MA – Right here in the Berkshires is a guy, a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire whose feel for the blues is exceptional. So local fans have a lot to look forward to when Albert Cummings rocks the Colonial and soothe the soul on October 27 at 8pm with his exceptionally expressive, lyrical and deep grooving music. His strong roots in the blues go back to the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan and being backed by his rhythm section, Double Trouble, on his first album. Cummings brings street cred along with a sophisticated approach to poetic, topical subject matter that speaks to the heart while his music moves the body.
An intense period of wood shedding resulted Albert sharing a bill with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording, the aptly-titled From the Heart (Under the Radar), with the awesome power of a Nor’easter and the soul of a natural born artist. In an era of cowboy-hatted poseurs, Cumming delivered the goods straight from the heart and shoulder with a wallop generated by his talent rather than his wardrobe.
Williamstown’s guitarslingin’ bluesman Albert Cummings is slated to unleash his new album, “No Regrets,” on Tuesday, August 28 on the Ivy Music Company label. The album is Cummings’ sixth and his fourth helmed by producer Jim Gaines, whose credits also include John Lee Hooker, Santana, Lonnie Brooks, Huey Lewis, the Radiators, George Thorogood, Tower of Power and many others.
TRACK LISTING FOR “NO REGRETS”
1. Glass House
2. 500 Miles
3. Eye To Eye
4. Checkered Flag
5. She’s So Tired
6. Your Day Will Come
7. Cry Me A River
8. Drink Party And Dance
9. Foolin Me
10. Where You Belong
11. Mannish Boy
12. Home Town
NAME: Albert Cummings
BAND AFFILIATION: Albert Cummings
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hank Williams Jr.’s “Man of Steel.” I used to love Hank. I also listened to the Stray Cats, as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan when “Texas Flood” came out.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Waylon Jennings. My dad took my friend and I. I think it was at the Palace. I used to go to a lot of bluegrass festivals as well, but that really isn’t a concert. My best concert was seeing Stevie Ray at the Orpheum Theater in Boston. That was the night I decided to play guitar!
Albert Cummings typifies the working man’s blues, with a classy Berkshire twist. He’s spread his take on the blues pretty much across the map, and now the Williamstown native is bringing it on over to Mass MoCA‘s Hunter Center in North Adams for one night, Friday May 6 at 8:00 pm.
When he’s not on the road, he’s probably whacking nails and ripping wood on some construction job. Those splintery fingers are the same ones that tease the awesome blues out of his guitar. But why try to describe his music in words when you can watch this video. Recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and containing shots of his life in the Berkshire HIlls, you can see and feel his authenticity. Plus this mini-film by Dave Simonds is a little gem, it got to me, maybe it will get to you, too.