Enfolds, transcends and reiterates the genres of blues, jazz and rock with masterful guitar performances and smooth, jagged vocals. Bud Summers has been imbued with a musical heritage. His dad played upright bass and had his own eight piece orchestra that performed swing, jazz and pop standards. His mother was a music educator and was particularly fond of opera and musicals as well as classics by the masters.
Bud’s formal music education began with violin lessons at the age of five, piano at seven and he gravitated to guitar by age fourteen. He was soon thereafter performing in clubs with his father, accompanying singing at church, and playing gigs at block parties and the like with a rock band.
He earned a B.A. in music performance (classical guitar) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and also played in the college jazz band. He performs mostly in the St. Louis area, but has traveled to play in fourteen states as a solo act, and as part of duos, trios and larger combos. He’s been a featured instrumentalist on nine records and has had two of his songs recorded by other artists.
“Golden” is his first full-length solo project and shortly after its release in May of 2008 he began work on his second one.