Ivy Music Company
Released: August 28, 2012
Reviewed: August 26, 2012
On Tuesday, August 28th, Albert Cummings will release his sixth solo effort entitled No Regrets. The album captures the plethora of his wide ranging influences such as R&B, Rock, Soul, Country and the Blues have had on both his playing and writing.
Cummings said of the project, “This album is really who I am, as an artist and a man. It’s a return to my true musical roots and the first step in really defining my identity as a mature artist. I approached this with one intent – deliver a collection of great songs that I’ll be proud to perform for the rest of my life without feeling confined to a specific genre. I am a Blues man, and I will always be one, but inevitably that foundation now reveals a couple of other floors being constructed as the house rises.
“A lot of my fans don’t know that I started playing bluegrass on the five-string banjo and listening to country music. I didn’t listen to rock ‘n’ roll or even blues until I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan when I was in high school. And hearing Stevie changed my life. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do. Now, in my position, I have complete artistic freedom, which means the music on No Regrets is really me without any filters.”
Packed with twelve excellently written, performed, recorded and produced songs, listening to No Regrets will leave the listener scrambling to pick up the previous five Cummings albums (Working Man, True To Yourself, From The Heart and Feels So Good Live). However, here are three randomly picked Boomerocity favorites from the disc:
One that is sure to be a crowd pleaser is 500 Miles. This tune gets in your blood and brains and won’t let you go. This tune is worth the price of the album by itself. Seriously.
The country tinged She’s So Tired is a beautiful song that I’m sure has couples slow dances in bars and honky tonks across the fruited plain. This song is worthy of many multiple slaps of the repeat button – especially because of the great guitar solo work.
Finally, the down and dirty bluesy tune, Cry Me A River, has got a Lynyrd Skynyrd kind of vibe to it yet it’s distinctly an Albert Cummings tune. Listen to it and tell me I’m lyin’.
If you haven’t heard of Albert Cummings before, after listening to No Regrets, you’ll be a fan for life.
Written by Randy Patterson