AL Coffee & Da Grind
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AL Coffee & Da Grind

Tampa, Florida, United States | INDIE | AFM

Tampa, Florida, United States | INDIE | AFM
Band R&B Blues


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"AL "Coffee" McDaniel Releases New Blues CD"

Tel: (813) 920-4605
Fax: (813) 926-0846


TAMPA, FL - June 11, 2007 - CPA Records announced today the release of the latest album by featured recording artist Al "Coffee" McDaniel, "Blues In My Shoes." This phenomenal CD will be available nationwide on July 29th and consists of 14 enticing tracks, with songs ranging from traditional blues, Chicago style blues, Texas blues, mixed in with a nice touch of R&B.

McDaniel have successfully accompanied himself on this awesome CD with two of the most recognizable names in the music industry, legendary producer/songwriter/drummer, Narada Michael Walden, and blues great, guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter, Lucky Peterson. With this level of incredible future hall of fame artists joining AL "Coffee" McDaniel on this project, "Blues In My Shoes," it has genuine grammy awards potential.

This CD, "Blues In My Shoes," introduces McDaniel's up-tempo blues stylings, mid to slow tempo, as well as some funky and R&B styles. He even touches on some Texas style blues, and some cool traditional style blues. The variety of styles on this release makes it a complete and enjoyable blues experience. He masters various genres of music in a unique and tasteful style that identifies him as a refreshing artist.
McDaniel's eclectic styles are reminiscent of B.B. King, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, and Lou Rawls. His smooth and rich baritone voice is a driving force behind the emotions, passions, and energy that he expresses. His soulful guitar riffs displays his musicality and his uniqueness as a seasoned musician. McDaniel's ranging styles on the guitar, from jazz to blues, give him an unlimited ability of musical genres to play, and classifies him as a rare artist in today's music industry.

- CPA Music Publishing (Independent)


Local Spotlight
‘Coffee' McDaniel Pours
Smooth Blend Of Blues, R&B

By CURTIS ROSS The Tampa Tribune
Published: October 12, 2007

Tampa blues artist Al “Coffee” McDaniel made his latest album, “Blues in My Shoes,” with help from some big-name friends.

Renowned guitarist-keyboardist Lucky Peterson came in to do one session and stayed on to play on and/or produce six more tracks.

“I guess he liked what he heard,” says a pleased-sounding McDaniel.

An even bigger coup came with Narada Michael Walden, the musician-producer behind hits for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and more.

An acquaintance of McDaniel's is Walden's cousin, and the producer heard some early cuts of songs from the then in-progress album.

“I let him hear a couple of cuts and he was impressed,” McDaniel says. “I got a call from him a couple months after that saying, ‘What can I do?' I said, ‘You can help me get some exposure,'” McDaniel recalls.

Walden produced and played drums on a remake of the B.B. King classic “The Thrill Is Gone.”

Walden's name may draw some attention to “Blues in My Shoes,” but the star of the album is McDaniel's voice, a deep, smooth instrument as comfortable with low-down blues as it is with sly, slinky R&B.

McDaniel, 53, grew up in Tampa, near Ybor City, leaving when he joined the Air Force at age 18. He later worked for the post office, pursuing music in his spare time.

He left the post office about 10 years ago to focus on music, originally seeking a career in contemporary gospel.

He released a pair of albums and “did OK, but not enough to pay the bills,” he says.

Blues and R&B have proved more lucrative, with “Blues in My Shoes” garnering popularity in the United States as well as Europe and Australia, McDaniel says.

McDaniel says his music operation is in-house, and he's not kidding. He owns his own recording studio, duplicates his own CDs and distributes them on his own CPA Records.

McDaniel performs regularly around the area. He'll be at SouthBeach Sports Grill on Clearwater Beach tonight. Other dates are posted on his Web site (

The nickname “Coffee” came during a stint in a teenage R&B group. While performing The Floaters' 1977 hit “Float On,” the band members would each introduce themselves.

“When I'd talk, I'd say, ‘They call me coffee 'cause I grind so fine,'“ McDaniel says with a hearty laugh.



AL Coffee & Da Grind is a smooth baritone vocalist, a very tasteful guitarist, and A passionate entertainer. His soothing vocals, and colorful guitar riffs, makes him a double-threat and, the real deal. He has released several CDs under the independent label, CPA Records.
AL Coffee & Da Grind is a crowd pleaser, arranger, composer, producer, and a captivating entertainer. No matter where AL Coffee performs, he captures the attention of his audience and fills them with music. While preserving the spirit of the original artists, AL Coffee revives their songs in a personal way, polishing them, enhancing them, customizing them with his own added touches, making each song as, if not more, beautiful than it’s original version. His performances consists of pop, blues, jazz, R & B, standards, mixed in with some of his own music. He has appeared on several television and radio gospel music programs across the nation in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casinos; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, DC; New York City, NY; and across the state of Florida.
AL Coffee last CD release, “Blues In My Shoes,” gained recognition on the blues side of the house. Al Coffee successfully accompanied himself on this awesome CD with two of the most recognizable names in the music industry, legendary producer/songwriter/drummer, Narada Michael Walden, and blues great, guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter, Lucky Peterson.

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AL Coffee has also performed with some of the great artists in the music industry to include, Billy Paul, Gene Chandler, the comedian “Sinbad”, Joe Simon, Denise Lasalle, and others. While serving his country in the United States Air Force, he also performed abroad in Europe, South East Asia, and The Pacific Islands.
AL Coffee recently relocated to the Asheville, North Carolina area from Tampa Bay, Florida, and now calls Asheville Home.He is in the process of forming his new band, “AL Coffee & Da Grind.” He is also currently working on a new CD that should be released in November 2012. This new CD release will consist of some of the finest musicians from the Tampa Bay Area, and the Asheville, North Carolina area. Please stay tuned for new developments.