20 years of performing experience started with six nights a week in a Pentecostal church, learning every song one could for every music act in the congregation. Albert Sanudo Jr. played bass guitar mostly, but no one knew he was predominantly a guitarist (his first secret in church hahahah). The only hook was, with the exception of worship, every song was up for grabs as long as the words were changed to “fit the message”. Needless to say, he was doing every cover of dirty dance hall Spanish music to System of a Down’s “Toxicity” and right back to “When the Saints Go Marching In”. What an eclectic way to grow up. Flash forward about 15 years, from San Diego, CA to Youngstown, OH, playing seedy dive bars and an occasional venue or two later, San Luis Obispo, CA gives birth to the Albert Jr. Band.
Meeting so many different musicians right away put Albert in contact with his bass playing roots once again. And apparently bass players were in demand. Within one year in the area, Albert met Julian Temple of Julian Temple Band (New Zealand). But there was a problem. Julian’s (American) bass player dropped out of the band about 2 weeks before a “Tijuana, B.C. Mexico to Humbolt, CA” tour. Having only seen Albert perform on guitar, it was a toss up. Julian asked Albert to learn about 5 albums worth of music before the tour started and before the rest of the band arrived from New Zealand. Albert came through in stellar fashion and the tour was a complete success. The band even sold out of all physical albums to a bunch of screaming 20 year olds the first night of the tour in Tijuana. Good times.
Word quickly spread amongst the local musicians here in the central coast of Albert’s musicianship. Later, the likes of local musos, such as Karoline Hausted of Shadowlands (Denmark), asked for some bass tracks in studio for her next solo album. Steve Key, host of “Songwriters at Play” asked to have bass for his performance at Live Oak Festival. Matthias Clark & The Cry was looking for a rhythm guitarist for Sea Pines concerts on the green. After performing in some great venues across the states such as House of Blues (San Diego, CA), Covelli Center (Youngstown, OH), and Slo Brew (San Luis Obispo, CA), both as a guitarist and a bassist, Albert Sañudo Jr. is quickly paving the way for a long and thriving music career. Over the last 4 years in California’s central coast Albert has performed around the greater San Luis Obispo, CA area. Performing at most local venues such as: Bang the Drum Brewery, Frog N’ Peach, Creekside Brewery, Creeki Tiki, Pour House, Barrel House, Luna Red, SLO Brew, Mr. Ricks, Sculptera Winery, and the ever consistent Zorro’s Café (Albert’s regular weekend solo gig).
Next in the works for Albert is a 20 day Pacific tour from San Luis Obispo, CA up to Seattle, WA and back called “Road To The Gorge” with long time friend Matt Suarez and the incredible Justin Froese. The three bringing their own musical flavor to the mix and each providing an hour worth of material from each of their own extensive material, which will be so bad ass. Once again, Albert hits the road for what will prove to be another fine example of musical bad assness. See you on THE ROAD TO THE GORGE!