SONG - 1,000 Miles from Nowhere by Augusta Lee Collins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

August 2015

"Incredible voice!!  Augusta Lee Collins" -Maria Barella
"Perfection" -Macey Brown

will be performing

August 3rd

From Groningen, Netherlands
9am~10am (PST)

Interview and music from
Augusta Lee Collins

Listen Now!
From Groningen, Netherlands, this interview has been archived.  You can listen to the show, right now.


August 9th
 Avotcja's 74th Birthday Bash
La Pena
3105 Shattuck @ Prince in
Berkeley, CA
$10 in advance

August 19th
Morton Barker
San Leandro, CA

August 21st
Bay Health
Oakland, CA

August 22nd
Pleasant Hill Farmers' Market
Pleasant Hill, CA

August 30th
Farmers' Market Glen Park
San Francisco, CA

Contact Augusta @ 510.695.9339



"Awesome video!  Great work Augusta!" -Susan McPhetridge

 "Nice piece of work." -Gig Hitao

"Powerful and so beautifully executed" ~Lenn Keller

You can view and enjoy my latest video, right here.  I do need your support.  Thank You!!!!

More videos for viewing

Augusta Lee Collins
Toney Thibodeaux, Shawn Gonzales, Benjamin Harris and Kevin North

" wonder why the people love your music...It's simple and sweet and gets close deeply to our hearts...I really admire your music...Thanks!" -Daya N.

"....great tracks, and emphasize the range and versatility of Collins as both a vocalist and guitarist.  Collins' voice is distinctive and uplifting." -Dalta News

To view videos just CLICK ON LINKS below:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Performing Artist Painted By Visual Artist

(Left) Performing Artist Augusta Lee Collins with Painter, Artist Anthony Holdsworth in his studio in West Oakland. Collins with Rev. Kevin Barnes at Abyssinian Baptist Church. (Right) Collins poses beneath Holdsworth‘s painting of him that hangs in the Alameda Public Library. Photos by Adam L. Turner.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Creating New Music As I Go

Interview and music from

Listen Now!
From Groningen, Netherlands, this interview has been archived.  You can listen to the show, right now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Love Will Find A Way

September 21, 2011

West Coast Blues Hall of Famer Augusta Lee Collins says he’ll never forget where he came from as he sang a song he wrote called
"A Thousand Miles From NoWhere".
Recalling...times while on the streets playing for survival money, he sang

“I’m out here in the rain, with my guitar in my hand, I'm writing you this letter, in hopes that you might understand me, now.  Aaah
Understand Me Now.  I'm a thousand miles from no where.  With my guitar in my hand"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Augusta Lee Collins' Mix at Pizza Pazza

By Paul Cobb
Part 1—“Baby, Please Don’t Go”

Some musicians say that a performer can’t sing or play the Blues with feeling unless they have lived a blue-black experience.

 Augusta Lee Collins, can sing the Blues.
From homelessness
West Coast Blues Hall of Fame
Blues Man
 Augusta Lee Collins
New Release

Directed by Jehnovah Carlisle
Music by Augusta Lee Collins

Phone Augusta @ 510.695.93393

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Augusta Lee Collins

Augusta Lee Collins, a singer and songwriter who has also been enshrined in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, did not contact our paper. Some of the Pizza Pazza customers who heard him said his music making was awesome and everyone ought to hear him on Friday nights from 7pm to 10pm at 3905 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
The Post invites the readers to go see Collins perform, watch his videos, listen to his CDs and post your comments with the Post. You can contact him at 510.695.9339

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Augusta Lee Collins
"The All Star Haiti Emergency Relief Fund Fundraiser"
 December 3, 2011
Everett and Jones BQ Oakland, CA in Jack London Square
Danny Glover
as special guest.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


An original composition 

"Augusta brings such passion, rhythm and style to every note he plays..." -M. Beardsley

"Outstanding...and I mean can feel the textures of the music..." -A. Laird

CALL 510.695-9339

Thursday, December 2, 2010


This month, Augusta Lee Collins blues gem "1000 Miles from Nowhere" is  featured in the music page issue 
of Status Hat's online magazine.

*Scroll to the middle of their website*

"The legendary Bay Area drummer Augusta Collins sharing his blues with us as guitarist and singer. After soaking up all the beats he is letting us feel what else he has to say with "1000 Miles From Nowhere".  His hypnotic song shares in the age old sense of longing and desperation that makes this an real blues gem." - By Status Hat Online Music Page Magazine

"Your music makes my heart sing" -Sheri Kight Dodson

Thursday, September 2, 2010

1975 - Rediscovered Photos of Augusta Lee Collins

Augusta Lee Collins is best known as a very talented drummer that was most prolific throughout
the late 1960’s and into the middle 1980’s.

Performing with legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Herbie Hancock, Abbey Lincoln, George Duke, Hampton Hawes, Sun Ra, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Juilian "Cannonball" Adderley, Nate Adderley, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Charles Wright (of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band) and the Pointer Sisters to name a few.  Augusta showed an interest in all forms of music very early.  Augusta has performed at the U.C. Berkeley Jazz Festival three times and the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Alameda County and California State Fairs and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland three times and the Oakland Museum as well as performing with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Harold Fiberman conductor 
              and musical director and many other venues including much television (ABC, NBC PBS, CBS, KTVU, community and college run television...etc.) and radio (NPR, KALX, KPOO, BERKELEY LIBERATION RADIO, KPFA, KBLX, community and college run radio...etc.)
Augusta Lee Collins has toured both the United States and Europe.

  Augusta Lee Collins  in collaborations with 'rie Shontel performed in the one woman show "Mama Juggs" and on December 17, 2010, West Coast Blues Hall of Famer/Singer-Songwriter Augusta Lee Collins with Emmy Award-winning Producer Anita S. Woodley released, the long awaited CD "In The Studio with Augusta Lee Collins" Produced by Anita S. Woodley.

The 40-minute musical journey combines both song and the stories that inspired his original compositions.

and now



PO BX 203
OAKLAND, CA  94604-0203

PHONE:  510.695.9339


Monday, August 2, 2010


The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards Show honors blues, jazz and gospel artists for their contributions to the art form called Blues and to celebrate Black History Month.  This year’s inductees will cover a very broad array of greats who helped to keep Blues alive.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


"The one good thing about creating music is that I get to Create.  Music!"

"I Love What I Do!"

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Augusta Lee Collins: Blending Life With Music (talented jazz drummer)


Augusta Lee Collins is forever pushing his ideas musically and visually and creating new music.  Augusta, hears, feels and visualizes his creative journey bringing a very unique blends of music all original music, written and performed by Augusta Lee Collins.  Augusta is an artist consistently widening and extending his horizons.
Augusta Lee Collins on Film, Albums, Videos, DVDs and CDs
A 1,000 Miles from Nowhere(Albany, California: Agape Records 2004) Music/Producer A.L. Collins
Life Force Jazz and Blues Compilation(Oakland, California:  Life Force Jazz Records 2003) recorded at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 1974 Woody Shaw on trumpet with Augusta Lee Collins on  drums.  Jimmy Witherspoon and various artists can also be heard on this CD.
The Love Nest(San Francisco Film Institute, Judy Van Plank 2001) Music & Acting by A.L. Collins

Cold Ground(Oakland, California:  Agape Videos 1995) Produced/Director by A.L. Collins “With his creative  approach and concept to documenting the plight of the homeless in his semi-documentary video, an original music view,  “Cold Ground”, Augusta Lee Collins takes us inside their surreal world with his original camera work and music.  We  see the further evolution of these new instruments to his orchestra”. William Garrett published Poet November 1995
Polarization, (Stuttgart, Germany ECM/Polydor 1977) with Julian Priester, A.L. Collins on drums
 “Pyramids”, (San Francisco, California: Pyramid Records 1975) w/“The Pyramids”A.L. Collins/drums
Seeking Other Beauty”, (Berkeley, California:  Fantasy Records 1972) w/Todd Cochran, A.L.Collins/drums

 “...creating new music as we go. Many times creating sounds that are new to for us.  And, we enjoy it fully”, Augusta told a reporter for the Oakland Post News Group in a featured article about him and his music.