Calgary International Blues Festival (2013)
Born in Memphis and starting his career in 1974, Russell Jackson moved to Chicago in 1976 and gained his blues “stripes” working with Otis Clay, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush and more. He's also played with greats, Luther Tucker, Matt Murphy, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Katie Webster, Charlie Musselwhite, and Willie Nelson. From 1979-1986 Russell toured exclusively with B.B. King. He was the first artist to put slap bass onto a live blues recording (Live At Ole Miss/1979).
In 1990 Russell relocated to Vancouver, BC (Canada), joining the Powder Blues Band and recording with Long John Baldry (It Still Ain't Easy) and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne on his Juno award winning CD, and continues to record and perform with Kenny Wayne to date.
The birth of the Russell Jackson Band came in 1992 where he released three CDs of his own material. From 1994-97 he was a regular opening act for the Kansas City Blues Society at the infamous Grand Emporium for acts such as Son Seals, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Holmes Brothers, etc. 2003 to present Russell is the Musical Director for the The New Generations of the Blues European tours formerly named The Chicago Blues Festival.
Recently relocating back to Austin, Texas, after living in Canada for 22 years, Russell is regaining his reputation on the stand-up bass. Russell recently replaced Jerry Jemmott in OLB (Original Legend Of The Blues) whom he is currently recording and performing with.
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