Aki Kumar Looks Back On Early Inspiration
He tells the LA Times: "Shortly after I moved out to the US, out of sheer boredom, I randomly tuned into a couple of oldies radio stations and found that I really enjoyed them.
"I fell in love with everything I heard - rock'n'roll, blues, doo wop, basically everything from that era. That really did it. Once I delved a bit deeper, it was obvious that I had to explore Chicago and Delta blues to get to the source of this music."
Living in San Francisco and working as a software engineer, Kumar kept chasing his musical dream. He adds: "Around the same time, I found a very cool, underground blues scene in the Bay Area that featured some world-class musicians, especially blues harmonica players. Guys like Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Andy Santana, Rick Estrin and David Barrett, who was my teacher for many years." Read more here.
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