News: US bluesman, Albert Cummings set to release new album, Strong

Guitar-slinger, Albert Cummings has written and recorded his third album for release on his own indie label imprint, Ivy Music Company, and will be his eleventh overall album in a career spanning back to the 1990’s.

Cummings began his musical journey as a self-taught banjo player, but soon progressed to guitar after seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play live in 1987. 12 years later, he self-released his first long player, which was produced by the very members of the backing band of the artist who had so inspired his move to guitar, Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon and included the group’s Reese Wynans on keyboards.

Strong, sees Cummings promising to deliver a captivating blend of blues, rock and raw emotion on the twelve tracks which go to make up the album.

Recorded at the famed Ocean Way Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by the Grammy-winning virtuoso Tom Hambridge, the album opens with “Emmylou,” co-written by Albert Cummings and Hambridge, and sets the tone for an unforgettable musical journey.

The tracklist also features original compositions such as “Live Strong,” “Lookin’ Up,” “Fallen For You,” “Let It Burn,” “Bad Reputation,” “Goin’ Down Slow,” “Just About Enough,” “Get Busy,” “Lately,” and “My Sisters Guitar.” Strong also takes an unexpected twist with a soulful rendition of the Beatles song “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” further showcasing Cummings’ diverse musical influences.

All tracks on Strong are penned by Albert Cummings (BMI), with the exceptions for “Emmylou” and “Lately,” co-written with Tom Hambridge, and “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. All songs are published by Ivy Music Company (BMI).

Strong is set for worldwide release on the 16th of February.

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