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Alex Commins & Todd Prusin: Bio

Both Alex Richard Commins and Todd Prusin are well-known in the Atlanta music scene. Alex has played guitar and banjo since grammar school in folk, old-time, and bluegrass groups, and lead guitar in rock bands.  He has played with Larry Campbell of Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and Levon Helm fame; also with Mike Dowling, Toby Walker, and David Bromberg. He is the most accomplished fingerpicker and you will hear the influence of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, David Bromberg, Merl Travis and other Delta blues musicians. Alex was an original member of The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music and has played in bluegrass groups including fifteen years with The Sorghum Syrup Soppers Old-Time String Band. He has also played in many diverse musical situations from The Galax Old-Time Fiddler’s convention to rock and roll bands. Todd started playing bass in high-school bands and has since played professionally since the late ‘80’s. He has played with many local Atlanta acts and has studied with Jack Casady and Bryon House. He’s played almost every Atlanta venue and with Alex by his side his musical voice comes to fruition. Though primarily a bassist, Todd is an accomplished drummer and guitarist fronting and participating in many local musical projects.

Alex and Todd are alumni of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. They had to go all the way to the Ranch in Ohio to meet and thank goodness they did as the love and respect for music that was germinated in the Ohio River Valley has blossomed into a musical embrace here in Atlanta, an embrace that seems to grab and include those within earshot. The interplay between Alex’s acoustic fingerpicking and Todd's melodic bass guitar has provoked positive notices all over Atlanta. They are simply the most stunning duo around.

"Acoustic folk and blues is my love," says Alex. "I have played guitar since I was nine years old, solo, and in and old-time string bands. Southern folk and blues have been my influence, and you can hear in my playing all of these influences, from the Mississippi Delta to the Appalachians. My music may be described as folk, roots, Americana or fingerpicking. Some of my influences are Mississippi John Hurt, David Bromberg, Toby Walker, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Norman Blake."