Lumpkin puts soul into Southern originals

Jimmy Lumpkin
Jimmy Lumpkin Courtesy Jimmy Lumpkin

Jimmy Lumpkin will bring his brand of Southern soul to Pascagoula Beach Park at 6 p.m. Friday as the latest installment of the free summer concert series Blues at the Beach.

Lumpkin lives in Summerdale, Ala., and was connected with the group Trigger Root. He now performs live with his wife, Talia Lumpkin, who provides a variety of percussion to complement his guitar, loop station and blues harp.

A lifelong musician, Lumpkin has hundreds of original songs to fill his live sets.

He was mildly satisfied with his 2012 album “Son of a Gun,” a blues collection with plenty of upbeat grooves such as “Fish River” and “Channel in a Groove.” However, it’s Lumpkin’s latest endeavor that has him really excited.

He flew out to Los Angeles to record a new album on the Skate Mountain Records label and expects it to debut near the turn of the new year. Lumpkin enlisted what he said were top-notch studio musicians to play on the album. He said it’s his best musical representation.

“It’s going to basically blow anything I ever did out of the water,” he said. “Everything is real, all the instruments and musicians, and nothing is synthesized. Everything was done in analog and it turned out fabulous.”

For the album, Lumpkin recorded a new version of his 2012 song “Raven of Jade.”

He said his influences for the songs recorded on the album pull from the rhythm and blues of the 1960s and 1970s.

For now, he’s released a teaser for the title cut “Home,” which gives a bit of the gospel choir sound and speaks well of the production value. Based on that snippet alone, it sounds like Lumpkin has an album that will please even a self-proclaimed perfectionist like himself.

“It’s music that has that kind of soul and comes from the school of hard knocks,” he said. “The word I told everyone I wanted was to make a recording that was ‘timeless.’ It’s the kind of record I always wanted to make.”

The collection of songs includes titles such as “Troubled Soul” and other cuts Lumpkin said are very personal.

“The songs selected just mean a little more,” he said “There’s not a lot written from the heart that will cut you to the quick; most of these songs do that for me.”

Blues on the Beach featuring Jimmy Lumpkin

Where: Pascagoula Beach Park, 600 Park St., Pascagoula

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Admission: Free