Harley Cummins resides in Smyma. Tennessee. (about thirty miles east of Nashville) When not performing and pursuing his music, Harley makes his living in construction work where he is a carpenter! Harley started chasing his dream at the age of sixteen, and spent six years in New York City, working the club circuit by night and construction by day. From there he drifted on to Phoenix, Arizona, playing the clubs once again.
His job then took him to Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky where he met his sweetheart, married and settled. In 1979 he finally moved to Nashville and in the 1980's he recorded his first album. The result was a #1 hit in Ireland, which landed him a tour there. Since then he has worked with Eddie Rabbit, The Statler Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Conway Twitty, and his hero the great Marty Robbins.
In 2001 he signed with Universal Sound Records and has now finished this, his first album for the label. Harley is now touring with the Universal Sound package show, and will be with them on an extensive European tour starting in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in June of this year. (2002)
From the moment I first put the CD in the player, I was struck by how much Harley sounds like the late, great Marty Robbins. In fact he even includes a couple of Marty's songs on here, with excellent version's of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" and "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." On some of the tracks on here, such as the wonderful, "Savin' Up My Pennies," and the Max D. Barnes/Vern Gosdin penned "I'm Only Goin' Crazy," there is a definite vocal resemblance to Elvis Presley. In fact, put Marty and Elvis together and Harley Cummins is what you would come up with!
Other songs on here include the Curt Ryle/Kent Westbury penned two stepper "Heavy Construction," there's western/swing with the excellent "Three Days Out Of Texas" and "All The Good Ones Weren't Taken," "Are You Goin' That Far" is a great story song about a conversation between a motorist and a wise old man that he picks up on the road and if you like good country shuffles . like me take a listen to "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" another from the pen of Curt Ryle with Billy Henderson.
With the Mel Tillis Jr/Curt Ryle penned ballad, "Master Of Illusion" and the patriotic waltz, "Deep In The Heart Of This Texan," "Out Of The Shadows" is a varied but solid country album from a man with a great voice, who must surely accept, the time has now come to put away the hammer and nails and concentrate on a career in country music.