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Tuesday September 12 – Albert Bashor – 7 pm

ALBERT BASHOR

ALBERT BASHOR

Albert Bashor

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Albert Bashor started out singing rock and roll and playing guitar as a teenager, traveled the globe as a drummer for one of the most bizarre rock bands of the 1970’s, recorded as a sideman with many blues legends, and released his album “Cotton Field of Dreams” in 2012. Albert has launched a successful solo career that’s solidly rooted in the blues, rock and roll, soul, and folk elements.

Born in Eustis, Florida and raised in nearby Mt. Dora, Albert started playing drums at the age of nine, his growing love of soul music fueled by his Motown loving sisters and two maids who blasted Marvin Gaye and Al Green music while they worked in his family home. At 16, Albert was fronting his own rock and roll band , Stone Cold Fever, as well as a soul outfit called the Vixen VPs.   At the same time he was forming a long lasting friendship with Bob Greenlee and blues/soul singer Floyd Miles. Greenlee introduced Albert to the process of  ideas and writing songs. Greenlee was a Yale graduate. One of his frat brothers, Foster Mackenzie III , called himself Root Boy Slim. Albert played drums with Root Boy Slim and The Sex Change Band and did a 3 month tour of England and Scotland  with Ian Dury and signed with the Police’s label for a second record  with the band.

Albert played King snake sessions behind bluesmen Raful Neal, Chicago Bob Nelson, and Lucky Peterson, funky saxist. Noble “Thin Man” Watts, and jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, and for Reverend Billy C. Witz. He was also on Dr. Hector & the Groove Injectors’ 1990 King Snake/Ichiban album “House Calls”, a connection that turned out to be crucial. Albert went on the road with this band and did 280 dates a year from Toronto to Key West. When Bo Diddley rolled into Orlando, The Groove Injectors were his band. Albert was honered to play with Bo Diddley,

There was also an interlude  with Alex Taylor, James Taylor’s brother. Albert and Alex met at a concert and soon became good friends. Alex didn’t have a band at the time and would go on the road with the band and sit in and sing.  Eventually, Alex Taylor asked the Injectors to go to Japan with him and be his back up band.

After two years of touring with the groove Injectors, Albert’s son was born and Albert gave the band his notice. Yet, playing music was never out of his system.He studied music for two years at Seminole Community college while gigging solo around Orlando in the evenings.

Albert was half of a blues duo called 32-20 who opened for blues legend Honeyboy Edwards at The Sandbar in Chattanooga. And in 1992, 32-20 made its initial mark by winning The Bud Light Talent Search. They went on to open for John Mayall, Bobby Bland, larence Carter, Gatemouth Brown, Junior wells, Leon Russel, and Dave Mason to name a few.

Albert’s first  solo record, “Cotton Field of Dreams”, featured Bill Payne on keyboard from Little Feet, Ron Holloway on saxophone, and Pat Travers on guitar. Albert wrote all the songs on his album including “Rockin’ Red Rooster” which was recorded by blues legend, Lonnie Brookes in 1996 for Alligator Records.

Albert recently relocated to Bradenton, Florida where he has become a part of the music scene. He is writing for a reggae album and plans on making another blues americana album.

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