Jimmy De Martini
Rick and Mark del Castillo
Dominque Favez & Tony Castell
Doug "Dirt" Greenfield
Michael “Kim” Lesaca
Dante "D-Man" Nolen
Robert "JJ" Smith
Dywane "MonoNeon" Thomas Jr.
Hank Van Sickle
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, with Mississippi and Tennessee family ties, Al was surrounded with R&B and Blues from birth. Inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder and Bootsy Collins, Al added electric and acoustic bass to a list of instruments he played in 1976. He also had the privilege of playing bass for Albert King and Shirley Brown at local blues festivals.
In 1983, Al was introduced to one of the greats, the Father of multi-string bass, Anthony Jackson, who later became his mentor. While in New York, Al toured with The Blues Brothers guitarist “Matt Guitar" Murphy. In 1985, he won a spot in the orchestra at the famous Playboy Club in New York. In 1986, Al moved back to St. Louis to start Alsamad, pronounced (uh-sah-ma). He sang lead vocals and played bass. It was then that he developed as a songwriter.
In 1988, Al got a call from Johnny Kemp to play electric and synth bass for his tour. At that time Johnny Kemp had the Number 1 song in the country, “Just Got Paid”. Al toured with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop and R&B on that tour: Heavy D, Salt and Pepper, Big Daddy Cane, Keith Sweat, Rob Base, Tony, Toni, Tone and Teddy Riley were just a few of the acts that shared the stage. After that tour, Al joined Jonathan Butler, a brilliant new R&B singer from South Africa who also played incredible Jazz Guitar. He was a huge influence in Al’s career.
In 1997, Al joined Vanessa Williams, which was a wonderful opportunity because her musical vocabulary spread across so many styles. Al was blessed to play on her “Everlasting Love” and “Silver and Gold” projects. Playing for Vanessa also afforded Al access to some of the finest venues; for instance, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl to name a few.
Inspired by the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”, Al bought a banjo and started “The Travelin Black Hillbillies” project. The term “Black Hillbilly” as coined by the great Deford Bailey, should represent the African influence in the music. Al named his style “Hootananny Soul”. His latest recording, “The Travelin Black Hillbilly” is his best work yet. It’s a combination of Country and Blues. Though Al is new to Country Music, his heart really is in this project. Music is like the Earth… “it’s just honest”, he says.
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