Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2014)
Electro-Fi recording artist Fruteland Jackson is a History Maker .
Author, storyteller and oral historian, Fruteland grew up on Chicago's West side. He's a three time Blues Music Award Nominee and a recipient of the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive award. Fruteland performs Americana; acoustic blues, folk traditional and singer-songwriter styles around the world .Fruteland Jackson created the award winning All About the Blues Series - Blues in the School Programs.
Fruteland plays guitar with a focus on pre-war and post-war blues ranging from Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy to Etta Baker, plus his personal interpretations. His study includes ragtime, piedmont, delta, and other styles. He studies mandolin, lap steel and the bowed psaltery. He has published an instructional book on Delta Blues.
As an Oral Historian, he has taken his extensive knowledge of Blues history to schools, colleges and universities across the US. Fruteland is the creator of the award winning "All About The Blues" series Blues in the Schools programs where he currently presents to some 50,000 students annually in the classroom. He has received awards and acclaim across the country for his research, innovation, curriculum and presentation of the history about the people and music that make up the blues.
Fruteland is a consistent crowd pleaser in the performer arena. He has a style that puts people at ease and they enjoy his presentation of music and humor.
Fruteland is the recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Folk/Ethnic Heritage Award the "Keeping the Blues Alive" for Blues in Education. He presents programs at civic, cultural and educational venues.