David Lumsden

David Lumsden

The iconoclasm of Guitar Heroes is such a universal ideal that a successful video game was created to honor the purveyors of the art, who wielded the instrument that filled the imagination of generations of musicians, who strived to followed in their footsteps. Midwestern guitarist David Lumsden has been chasing the guitar hero muse, since he got his first guitar at 10 years old in 1965, beginning his journey during the British Rock invasion and the Golden Age of Electric Blues, the birth of soul, funk, and mainstream rock ‘n’ roll.

Lumsden’s sophomore album, “Rooted In The Blues,” could easily be described as a tribute to those heady days when guitar heroes dominated the airwaves and turntables of young music fans. The ten-song collection of three original tracks and seven reimagined classics run the gamut of blues, blues rock shuffles, boogies, a countryfied train beat, FM pop and a few surprises. Lumsden is backed by his hard-working band featuring Tim Bahn on keys, Gary Davis on bass and drummer Jim Engel, who together have built a firm foundation for this six-string salutation.

The cavalcade begins with a faithful rendering of a Chuck Berry prototype from Eddy Clearwater, ‘I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down,’ complete with barrelhouse piano and rumbling baritone sax. Lumsden’s ‘Runaway (Blues Train)’ is a down home chicken pickin’ good time with a classic country train beat and hot licks reminiscent of Nashville aces Alvin Lee and Danny Gatton. John Lee Hooker created the mold for electric guitar with ‘Boogie Chillen’’ in 1948, and Lumsden’s ‘Ruthless Boogie’ follows that patented form and mashes in a little ZZ Top and Deep Purple to bring it into this century. The band then transforms Lieber/Stoller’s ‘Hound Dawg’ into a 70’s funk number fueled by electric piano and more baritone sax from Ian Buschmann. The lovely ballad ‘Your Memory,’ composed by Lumsden’s old friend, jazz guitarist Greg Pasenko, sits in the middle of the set as a fine palette cleanser and reminds us that six strings also come in the acoustic variety.

The bump and grind blues, ‘Hooked On Something,’ is a revival of the time Lumsden spent with guest vocalist Reggie Britton and his band, Black Magic Johnson. The spot-on instrumental cover of ‘Josie’ not only pays homage to Guitar God Larry Carlton, but also to the vaunted session players, who created a catalog of hit songs for Steely Dan. The 12-bar blues, ‘Everyday I Have The Blues,’ that became a blues hall of fame standard with renditions recorded by numerous artists, is Lumsden’s opportunity to acknowledge the impact on his life of all those records. He then honors arguably the best electric guitarist of all time with a loving ‘Ode To Jimi AKA Slow Burn’ quoting several well-known themes from the Hendrix Experience sonic lexicon. Recorded live at the end of 2021 ‘Everything Is Broken,’ serves as a charming bonus track for the collection featuring Kylan Davis, son of the bass player, on snarling lead vocal. David Lumsden has spent his life as a student of the guitar arts and pays it forward with this heartfelt offering.

Rick J Bowen


At age six after watching the TV show “Peter Gunn,” David hounded his father to take him to the record store to buy the Henry Mancini soundtrack album providing his first introduction to cool blues/jazz styles.

David’s love of blues and blues/rock music started four years later, when David got his first guitar and became heavily influenced by the British blues rock/invasion of the 1960’s, starting with the Yardbirds’ “Rave Up” followed by John Mayall with Eric Clapton’s “Blues Breakers”, Jeff Beck’s “Truth”, Cream’s “Wheels Of Fire”, Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced” and Led Zeppelin’s albums I & II. When David read the liner notes of these albums he found out about the history and the American originators, such as: Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Chester Burnett, Bill Broonzy, John Lee Hooker, and others.

Later in 1971, at age 16, another aspiring musician foolishly loaned him Freddie King’s “Getting Ready” album and that was it. David was introduced to one of the “Three Kings of American Blues Guitar”, got hooked and never returned the album.

The former lead guitarist for the acclaimed blues woman Hurricane Ruth (2011-17) stepped up as a leader with his debut album “Hues Of Blues,” self-released in 2018 and has since fronted his own band. His sophomore album, “Rooted In The Blues,” features his band with three originals and seven arrangements.





MARCH 25, 2022