Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - by Mark A. Herndon
Albert Simpson and The Contingent brought their show to Clyde's On Main a couple of weeks ago. Albert, who hails from Gadsden, Ala., performs mostly solo utilizing percussion instruments like the tambourine and the porchboard. With the addition of the guitar and vocals, you get the larger feel of a band. "Simpson’s folksy back porch flavor makes his music feel like an old friend”. He is now known as one of the best solo artists on the scene. His Southern fried folk funk flavor is intoxicating!
Recently, Albert (singer/songwriter) joined with some long time friends who he calls The Contingent.
Members include John Kulinich, lead guitar; Jason Guinn, bass guitar, and Chase Armstrong, drums. Several band mates also perform with another well-known band Permagroove (Gadsden) and also shared the stage at Clyde's.
After Albert completed recording with Johnny Sandlin, who produced great acts like The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic, Johnny brought his expertise to “Don't Wake Albert”, which was Simpson’s first studio project. The CD received raving reviews in publications such as Vintage Guitar Magazine, Relix, and Hittin' the Note. It has even been said that it ranks as one of Johnny's best projects, and parallels his work on Widespread Panic's landmark second album.
On Albert's album, “Roll Your Mind”, not only did Albert play all the instruments and write the songs, he also helped produce the record with the help of Mark Turnham from Xcessive Sound. This all-original project has an underlying natural earthy tone and is one of Albert’s most genuine recordings.
Currently signed with 10 Ton Records, out of the Muscle Shoals area, Albert is working with Jeremy Stephens at Clearwave Studios on his most current project.
He has performed for over 20 years, starting out in the Southeast and eventually expanding his touring from coast to coast. He has performed at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, with Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh, for a tribute to Jerry Garcia, as well as solo at the world famous Flora-Bama in Orange Beach, Florida. No matter what the venue, the same passion and performance finds its way into every show.
Keep tabs on future events from Albert Simpson and Permagroove on social media.
Clyde's on Main is fast becoming a restaurant/bar known for bring the best of the best in local and regional bands to its stage. Clyde's is at 122 W Main St.