"..old school blues at its finest by way of India.  And the lad has soul to spare." 
Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues

Let Me Get Closer, a brand new original featured on Aki Kumar's latest album Don't Hold Back was picked as BLUES BREAKER OF THE WEEK (week of April 5-6) by the legendary Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) himself!


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~ Jan 29 Blues Jam featured guest - Kyle Jester!! ~ 

Jump to my BLUES JAM PAGE for schedule, backline and other details.

Outstanding blue vocalist and guitarist Kyle Jester is a rising star in the Bay Area blues scene. Kyle earned his blues stripes playing guitar behind such great artists as Candye Kane, Earl Thomas, and Thomas Yearsley of the Paladins while touring Europe, Canada, Australia, and the United States extensively. His brand new album After All This, recorded recently at Kid Andersen's prestigious Greaseland studios, is already making waves in the blues world. Come on down to my Thursday night blues party to see what the fuss about Kyle is about!

Also, this Thursday night is Lou's Brews Night - Enjoy great deal on Lou's exclusive Amber Ale!

~ Blues Blast Magazine reviews "Don't Hold Back" ~ 

The reviews won't stop! Check out this latest one from the January edition of Blues Blast Magazine. Reviewer Marty Gunther says - “(Kumar) is a powerful, stylish vocalist who delivers his lyrics without a hint of accent, and his attack would be well received in the smoky bars of Chicago’s West Side, where the music originated … Definitely one of the best new artist new releases of 2014. It’s a little late for Christmas, but pick up a copy of “Don’t Hold Back” today. You deserve it.”.

Buy the album directly at www.akikumar.com/store!

NEW REVIEW - Belgium's "Back To The Roots" Magazine 

This just in - Enjoy this tasty review and interview (IN DUTCH!) of Aki Kumar's debut album Don't Hold Back in the Dec 2014 issue of Belgium's Back To The Roots Magazine. Chance are you don't read Dutch :) - here's an excellent translation of the review, provided by Thomas Toussaint - 

Akarsha Kumar was introduced to us on June 12th in Chicago during a harmonica jam in the Wabash Tap, a little café close to Buddy Guy’s Legends. Until now this young talent had remained unknown to us and we have to admit we’re ashamed for that. Aki is born and raised in Bombay but he’s living in San José, California for many years. He is a settled musician in the West-Coast blues scene and shows up at Mark Hummel’s Blowouts every now and again along with Charles Baty; Kim Wilson is one of his best buddies and Rusty Zinn and Kid Andersen play on his debut CD ‘Don’t Hold Back’. These are just a few names that come to mind when talking about the communities Aki’s involved in.

Besides very danceable R&B and fresh covers of Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo, the album Don’t Hold Back also comes with five original tracks. Aki is not a good – but a master harmonica player whose energetic style is situated where Little Walter and west-coast blues cross their lines. He happens to have a very pleasant voice as well and his love for blues is obvious when looking at his repertoire. Another strength is that Aki’s talent also leaves a lot of room for the musicians that are backing him up. When appropriate, the organ, the piano or a fine horn section can shine behind him as well. With ‘Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh’, this remarkable album gets a very unique and ‘own’ sound where his background is clearly present. This debut is a very tasteful one and I’m convinced Aki’s up for a great career!

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