On Friday, Jan. 7, Rock City will warmly welcome back Blind Albert to the Velvet Lounge. Vietnam combat veteran/rock and blues man, Gabriel, also known as Blind Albert, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St.

Gabriel was born in New Jersey in 1947; his father was his first musical influence and the reason he plays music today.  In 1966, he started his first rock band and since then has never looked back. Over the past 20 years, he has had the honor to perform and work with blues greats Jimi Rogers, Carey Bell, Kenny Neal, Son Seals, Leon Russell, Big Jack Johnson and a list of other notables that goes on and on.

As a songwriter, Gabriel he has written well over 200 songs.  One of them was released last year as part of a 13 CD box set called “Next Stop is Vietnam,” which includes songs written about the Vietnam war by Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Steppenwolf, Pete Seeger and many more well known artists.

Gabriel will perform songs he has written over the past 40 years, as well as songs his father and mother used to sing. His CDs will be available at the show. There is no cover; however, tipping the musician is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events at Rock City, call 594-4123 or check out the Facebook page under Rock City Coffee.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.