Band: Albert Simpson
Date: June 2-3, at 5 p.m. daily
Venue: Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave. (Gulf Shores),
Tickets: Free

Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of the summer season on the Alabama Gulf Coast. For the next several months, the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area will be filled with tourists and locals who soak up the sun and saltwater. Those wanting to accent their beach experience with music should look no further than Albert Simpson’s performance at Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.

This Gadsden native is a regular on the Gulf Coast music scene. Armed with a guitar and numerous percussive instruments, Simpson may be a lone gunman on the stage but he puts on a big show, with musicianship and lyrical mastery.

Simpson’s most recent effort, “Roll Your Mind,” is an excellent sample of this musician’s talent. Not only did he play all the instruments on the album, he also manned the co-production chair. Each song is noteworthy for its major focus on acoustic instruments. This truly Southern album mixes funk and blues, with fusion blasts on the guitar popping up here and there. Simpson’s music should bring a hot day at the beach to a perfect end.