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Joel Cummins Covers My Morning Jacket, Bill Evans, Poison & More For ‘Friday Night Keys’

Joel Cummins continued his Friday Night Keys livestream series yesterday. The Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist covered My Morning Jacket, Bill Evans, Poison and more. Cummins kicked things off with a synth-filled “Jazz Odyssey” jam (a reference to the famed Derek Smalls composition in Spinal Tap), which saw Joel working the arpeggiator and pads as well as adding bells and whistles here and there. Cummins then sat down at the piano for Claude Debussy’s frenetic “Pour Le Piano Prélude.” After saying good evening to the internet audience, Joel performed legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans’ “In Memory of His Father.” Cummins then gave a little history on the writing of the Umphrey’s song “Words,” which fittingly saw guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss along with Cummins all contributing lyrics, all of which Joel sang in what he called a “new” song presumably for Friday Night Keys. Next up, Joel took it back with the UM old-school rarity, “Salamander Strut,” a song the band hasn’t played since 1999 ahead of a cover of My Morning Jacket’s “Feet You” from their 2015 album The Waterfall, which Cummins sang and played on the piano.
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Happy Birthday Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins: 5 Greensky Bluegrass Collaborations

Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins celebrates his 46th birthday today. The La Grange, Illinois native co-founded UM in 1998 while attending Notre Dame. Cummins has made plenty of guest appearances over the years, including a number of collaborations with Greensky Bluegrass. Both bands are representatives of the Midwest, so it’s...
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