Blind Mississippi Morris Blues Biography
The Mississippi Delta has always been “fertile ground” for producing great blues artists, the latest edition being Morris Cummings from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Morris states honestly, “My life has been hard since I was born. Because I was blind, I was taken from my family and put in an institution when I was four years old. I only got to be with my family two or three times a year, and I was there for ten years.” Morris comes from a talented lineage. His cousins, Robert and Mary Diggs, led the famed Memphis Sheiks, and his Aunt Mary Tanner played with the ‘Harps of Melody’. Morris is also a cousin of the late, great Willie Dixon. Blind since age 4, Morris is the very embodiment of the Delta Bluesman. Morris’ band, The Pocket Rockets, is a mixture of some of the best performers and songwriters in the blues world today. The Pocket Rockets’ seasoned experience lends them the ability to mix the blues recipe of the old Memphis traditional sounds to the newer versions of today without compromising their Delta influences. Morris, along with the musicians of The Pocket Rockets are highly skilled masters in their fields, and united in this group they produce an explosive array of musicianship and song writing talents. Brad Webb serves as guitarist and band leader, Dan Cochran is on bass, Tony Adams on drums, and Russell Wheeler on piano and Hammond organ. Blind Mississippi Morris has been called ‘a new disciple of the Delta’ and the ‘Real Deal on Beale’ and he was rated one of the 10 best harmonica players in the world by Bluzharp Magazine.