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Of course,  no one can take the place of our recently  heaven-bound guitarist Jim Bessmer. It’s gut-wrenching to 
accept that he’s gone, and that we’ll never see his happy smile and  hear his phenomenal playing again, but we feel that he would want  us to continue this exceptional unit, and bring joy to people who have been so good to us over the years.
So, with that in mind, we have added a new guitarist to JCB.

Jim Bessmer

Dennis Burr - Guitar, Pedal Steel, Mandolin,Vocals

Residence - Chesterfield, Michigan

Dennis has seen it all happen, and participated musically since the days of the Grande Ballroom, Eastown, Cobo, etc.
While touring  and recording with a phalanx of familiar names, hundreds of  recordings, and played major venues around the world. He has worked  with, among many others: The Detroit Women, Dick Wagner, Wilson Pickett, and many many more.
In the case of Dick Wagner, Dennis was chosen to duplicate his iconic solo’s in  his touring band the last 5 years of his life. Daunting for sure! A  few of the people that Dennis has shared the stage with include: Brad Whitford, Mark Farner,
Suzi Quatro, Kip Winger, Derek St. Holmes, Robin Trower, John Mayall, and more!

A multi-nominated artist for Outstanding Blues and R&B  Instrumentalist, Dennis has his share of awards and 
accolades, enough to line a wall or 2 at his home. He also is a well liked, easy going and generally happy dude, that should fit right in with the twisted, upbeat, and hard working nimrods that make up JCB!

We welcome Dennis...........and look forward to a long, productive, 
and prosperous union of music-making in The Jim Cummings Band!


We have begun production of 2 new CD’s! Both are “Best of” works. 
Volume 1 is a compilation of our most popular/downloaded/performed 
songs from our first 6 Albums. Volume 2, is more of a “Deep Cut” work. 
Songs have been chosen, demo’s have been generated for review, and 
work has begun on Cover Art and Liner notes. We are also discussing a 
new original CD with Dennis on board, and have the first song 
(Thumbscrew) nearly done.
We have begun booking efforts for 2022 (time to get busy), and welcome 
any suggestions and calls for locations/dates.
Our contact numbers are;
Jim Cummings      269-746-5454
Tom Vale/Agent 517-669-0066


The Jim Cummings Band, is an Original Music Group, with 7 CD's and 4 DVD released on WMG Records.

Primarily a concert/festival act, JCB has performed
stellar sets (Blues, Progressive, Jazz, Rock, Classic/tailored to the specific show) from coast to coast. Members of the group have toured and shared the stage with, among many others:

Greg Allman, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Dr. John, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy, Mike Pinera, Larry McCray, EC Scott, Koko Taylor, Johnny Lang, Bill Gaither, The Tubes, Coasters, Drifters, Elvis, Dick Wagner, Cactus, The Beach Boys, Tommy Castro, BB King, Rare Earth, Zombies, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, Mark Farner, 3 Dog Night, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent

Check out our new album Happy Town!
Available at CD Baby and all major download sites.
(iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, etc.)

Happy Town


Jim Bessmer

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved guitarist Jim Bessmer. Jim was one of the nicest people in the music business and was always prepared, always ready to play, whether it was a gig or in the studio. Over his 50-year performing career Jim’s playing brought joy to thousands of music fans, and he was loved and admired by his bandmates and friends for his talent and skill, his big heart, his sense of humor, his intelligence and his gentle spirit.

He will be missed by many, and the band will play on.

~The Jim Cummings Band

Bad Luck Woman Kid Stuff Basically Grind Live'n It Up Happy Town

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