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Paul Cummins

Relaxin' in the back yard....

"Honest Music"...

Thank you for dropping by my page here; and welcome!

Though I was one of the four finalists from the 1997 Fender Blues Guitar Competition to be invited to the 1st Annual Fender Blues Festival on Catalina Island, I'm not really a traditional Blues guitar player. I got no cool pork pie hat, I don't care for 50's clothing or greased down hair, and I like to rock it up a bit. But I do love the blues...

Some who don't really know any better, will belittle the blues as boring, basic, 3 chord stuff for elementary level players and musical simpletons. Of course, they're fools who don't know much about blues; and if they play guitar, probobly play the blues in a boring and and monotonous fashion. But the blues is the foundation of virtually all Western popular music for the last 100 years. It probobly has something going for it, right? Well put plainly, it has heart, it's honest, and comes in about as many permutations as there've been artists who play it.

Just like all forms of music, and all forms of musicians and their instruments- it's all about emoting honestly.

Damn! I'm gettin' old!

Me? I joined my 1st band in 1967 at age 13 playing sax. Stuck with music in school, picking up 3 valve instruments and later, piano there. Bass and guitar I taught myself using the tools I had from school.

Toured with some big names,recorded at Capitol in Hollywood, and in Nashville- nah, nah, nah, blah, blah, blah, woof, woof, woof... :o)

Currently, I play guitar in The Midnight Blues Band in the Los Angeles area; and do work a day job as the guy heading Product Development for a guitar and drum manufacturer. My off time I spend trying to continue learning- not just guitar... and not just music; but a little something every day about life and living.

If you like, you can listen to some of my tuneage at http://www.download.com/paulcummins .

Musical Influences

  • Rory Gallagher- The KING of Blues/Rock
  • John Fahey- Acoustic Primitive
  • Clapton,Hendrix,OLD Steve Miller,Peter Green,Buddy Guy,Bloomfield,Muddy Waters,

Favorite Recordings

  • "Drown in My Own Tears" -Johnny Winter THE Blues! Killer horns & piano too!
  • "Voodoo Chile" Jimi Hendrix- the slower, blusier one
  • "Do What You Like"- Blind Faith (5/4 time w/great solos by Clapton,Winwood, and Baker