THE CURTIS SUMTER PROJECT
The Curtis Sumter Project is a four piece high-energy, Chicago style blues band. Curtis Sumter formed the band in 1992. The original members of the band were Curtis Sumter on drums and vocals, Ron "The Commissioner" Latham on guitar and vocals, and Daniel Speight on Bass. Within the first month of the creation of the group, they picked up a then 19-year-old guitarist, "Motor City" Josh Ford and vocalist Cathy Davis to complete the group. After three months, Daniel Speight decided to leave the band to enhance his musical skills by entering a music school. Thatís when the group picked up Paul "Big Daddy" Baker to play bass guitar. In 1996 Motor City Josh left the band to formed his own group "Motor City Josh and The Big Three". Cathy Davis left the group in 1998 and later form her group "Cathy Davis and the Soul Searchers". After an injury to his hand, Curtis Sumter moved from behind the drums to fronting the band. The temporary move to the front became a permanent one as the audiences went wild for the new look and sound of the group. They created a new sound, which can be thought of as "Buddy Guy meets Carlos Santana".
The group, unlike most blues bands, presents themselves as a full show, to be watched as much as listened to. Curtis Sumter uses every inch of the stage in his shows and when the stage isnít big enough, he uses the entire room as his stage. The current members of The Curtis Sumter Project consist of Curtis Sumter on lead vocals and percussions, Rich Hwang of vocals and guitars, Joe Veloz on bass, and Dave Watson on drums, vocals and percussions.
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