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Bombay (Mumbai) born, 38 year-old Aki Kumar has been described as a “rising star” in the harmonica blues scene however that is very old news as he has moved well beyond that to the journeyman/mentor stage.
He gave up a software engineering career in Silicon Valley to dive full-time into many aspects of the blues world, performing, local and international touring (Europe, South America), sponsoring a highly touted weekly blues jam in Campbell, CA for several years, recording and most recently stirring the blues, Bollywood style with a new cd fusing Bollywood musical songs with the blues, described as a Mumbai/Memphis fusion.
This is a groundbreaking recording which is a unique twist on the blues.
Aki’s blues roots however began with listening to the great harpmasters such as George Harmonica Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson 2, Snooky Pryor, Little and Big Walters.
However living on the West Coast the other immediate influences were Rick Estrin, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel and Charlie Musselwhite.
Aki’s partner in blues, off and on, for many years now is Jon Lawton aka Little Jonny.
Jon is a very talented guitarist who is adept at acoustic and electric playing. “He can fingerpick some old-time blues, frail a little banjo, slide some Dobro and lead a blues band…….” (Limnios).
Jon has been playing for over 45 years and has several recordings out with his bands Little Jonny And The Giants. He has released 7 self-produced CDs, toured Europe and the US, backed many major blues figures (John Hammond, Kim Wilson, Mighty Joe Young, Fenton Robinson, James Harman, many others), and his original songs have been recorded by many artists as well.
The Aki Kumar/Jon Lawton Duo will perform both acoustic and electric, touching on a couple of Aki’s Bollywood pieces, new compositions and blues standbys.
Check out Jon with Aki from their Tip Of The Top band from 2012.
and the recent Aki Kumar/Jon Lawton Blues Duo
The Aki Kumar Blues band with Jon Lawton