Blind Mississippi Morris and the Pocket Rockets

“Blind Mississippi” Morris Cummings lost his sight at the age of 4, but that didn’t stop him from playing the blues. Cummings says he’s been playing “ever since I can remember, since I was a little guy.”

With more than 30 years in the business, plus the help of some strong genes—he’s a cousin of Robert and Mary Diggs, leaders of the legendary Mississippi Sheiks, as well as of late blues great Willie Dixon—Blind Mississippi Morris has become one of the hottest blues acts on Beale Street.

Morris and his band, the Pocket Rockets, comprise some of the best performers and songwriters in the blues world today. They have the ability to mix the blues recipe of the old Memphis tradition with the newer ingredients of today without compromising their Delta influences. Brad Webb serves as guitarist and band leader, Dan Cochran is on bass, Tony Adams is the drummer, and Russell Wheeler plays piano and Hammond organ.

Blind Mississippi Morris has been called “a new disciple of the Delta” and “the Real Deal on Beale,” and Bluzharp magazine rated him one of the 10 best harmonica players in the world.

This artist appears in Jubilee #115: Blind Mississippi Morris and the Pocket Rockets.