Ogden After Hours Presents Russell Gulley (Blues) 6 – 8 PM In 2004, Muscle Shoals music veteran Russell Gulley revitalized his recording career after over two decades of silence. Gulley’s return to recording focused on the roots of the music that first influenced him - a mix of Americana that blends blues, soul, gospel, country, and rock and roll. Gulley performs at festivals around the South as well as venues that support roots, traditional, and original music. He serves as a DANA Foundation trained teaching artist in residence for the Fort Payne City School System and travels to schools around the state of Alabama presenting his arts-in-education program, Intro: Folk Music, Blues, and Tradition. During his hiatus from recording, Gulley continued to be involved in his first love, songwriting. "I'm striving to contribute to the Muscle Shoals tradition," said Gulley in a recent interview, "a tradition of songwriting that is not pretentious, a tradition that truly has given Muscle Shoals its soul." This performance made possible by the Fast Track Presenters Grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Old Town Songwriters Showcase Every 3rd Thursday at Coal Yard in Helena. Two songwriters will join me 6:30-8:30 to song swap original tunes then the last hour it's YOUR turn to share YOUR original tunes! Sort of an open mic for songwriters! July guest are Toney Russell Gulley & Jimmy D Warren
Sounds Like: Tony Joe White, John Prine, JJ Cale, Patterson Hood, Don Nix
Label: Jackson Highway Records, BFP Music
Manager: Toney Gulley
Russell Gulley Bio
With the release of his CD, "Back to the Swamp" in 2004, Muscle Shoals music veteran, Russell Gulley re-vitalized his recording career after over two decades of silence. His last commercial recording had been released in 1980 with the MSS/Capitol recording act,Jackson Highway, ...See Full Bio
“Russell Gulley, using music to impact children Students at Paint Rock Valley High School have had the opportunity to work with seasoned musician Russell Gulley over the past few weeks. Gulley is a part of the Alabama State Council on the Arts’ Collaborating Artist Program (CAP). “In that program artists are placed in schools for two to four weeks,” Gulley said. Gulley,who still performs,was 15 years old when he began playing music. In the 70’s he lived in Muscle Shoals.“My group was called Jackson Highway. We were named after the recording studio there,” he said. “JimmyJohnson and David Hood were our producers, and Jimmy is well known as the first producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd.”His band was signed by Capitol Records and for a time Gulley toured with artists like Ted Nugent,UFO and Triumph. He later returned to his hometown, Fort Payne. Gulley now serves as an artist in residence for the city schools there. Gulley has been trained by the Alabama Institute for Education in”