Albert Gene Drewery a.k.a. Albert Collins was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. Collins was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and capo.
Albert Collins, “The Master of the Telecaster,” “The Iceman,” and “The Razor Blade” was robbed of his best years as a blues performer by a bout with liver cancer that ended with his premature death on November 24, 1993. He was just 61 years old.
Albert is most famous for his fingerstyle playing, “open F-minor tuning,” use of a capo and live performances.
“He was just naturally one of the most exciting and energetic live artists I’ve ever seen,” said Alligator Records owner Bruce Iglauer, who co-produced Albert Collins’ output for the label.
His music isn’t always pretty, and it certainly doesn’t have classic form, but it always has feeling. You never know what Collins’ fingers will produce — it sounds as if he doesn’t either — but his solos never fail to dazzle.