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Russell Gulley / Press

“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”

“Russell Gulley: Singer, musician, recording artist, performer, educator At an age — 65 — when many people are looking to kick back, Russell Gulley is running at full speed with no sign of hitting the brakes. Gulley is a leader in Northeast Alabama’s artistic and arts-in-education communities. He continues to entertain and delight fans with his roots music concerts, during which he displays his mastery of the varied ingredients that make up that genre. For the full article go to www.russellgulleymusic.com/news”

“Gadsden Entertainment News This week, Gadsden Entertainment News features the talented Russell Gulley who can be seen around these parts, playing at various venues and carrying on his musical traditions. He is a veteran of the road with a long and colorful history, steeped in the blues and early rock and roll. Born in Rome, Ga. in 1947, Gulley loved music all his live and grew up loving to listen to am radio, WCKY and WLAC, catching all the latest tunes. He moved to Fort Payne with his family at a young age soaking in all the local music, listening to local deejay, Jeff Cook (of Alabama) and catching the spiritual groove of the Pentacostal choir on Sundays. He heard those strains of music and realized that this early rock and roll Sam Phillips was cranking out of Sun Records up in Memphis was somethin akin to 'hopped up gospel and blues'. Gulley never turned back from there.Check him out at www.reverbnation.com/russellgulley”

Alabama Annie - Gadsden Entertainment News

“In 1974, five friends got together to form a band that has since traveled a lot of miles and back again. Jackson Highway, a classic rock band, features Russell Gulley, of Fort Payne, Dennis Gulley, Tommy Patterson, Britt Meacham and Michael Grando. The group reunited in 2010 and just released their newest EP titled Asphalt. Their journey began in Muscle Shoals. They released their first record in 1977 and began touring. “We toured up until 1980 when we signed with Capitol Records, a major label,” Gulley said. “We traveled around the country playing with several big name acts including Ted Nugent,” he said. “We even played the first June Jam in Fort Payne.” In 1986, the group disbanded after the studio they worked with in Muscle Shoals sold out to another company that focuses mainly on the Blues. ”

“Chicken and Egg Festival Friday, 5:30 p.m., Logan Pharmacy Stage Muscle Shoals music historian Terry Pace once called Russell Gulley a storyteller. It is an identity Gulley likes. “In the old days I wrote trying to write a hit record. Over the years the songs became more about my life, the world or a story I have heard,” said Gulley. In his four-decade music career, Gulley’s sound evolved from blues to gospel to Southern rock to roots.“I call my sound acoustic Muscle Shoals swamp blues,” he said. “As a solo artist, I sounded more and more traditional or roots.” He founded the band, Jackson Highway with his brother Dennis and Tommy Patterson and toured the country opening for Ted Nugent, Blackfoot, Triumph and UFO. After more than 40 years playing gigs and writing songs, Gulley returns to music day after day because he can’t imagine not doing it. “It is not only who I am, it lifts spirits, encourages folks and talks about real situations. It is the fabric of ourse”

The Decatur Daily

“Muscle Shoals music veteran Russell Gulley performs at Moody Middle School as part of the state Council on the Arts School Touring program. The performance was funded by a grant from the Council on the Arts.Moody Middle is one of 46 schools in 27 counties benefiting from the program. Gulley revitalized his re­cording career with the release of his CD "Back to the Swamp" in 2004. Rus­sell's return to recording fo­cused on the roots of the music that first influenced him. He travels to schools presenting his arts-in-education pro­gram called Intro: Folk Mu­sic, Blues and Tradition. "The Rural School Tour­ing Program provides per­formances of music, dance, and theater by Alabama art­ists for Alabama Children," Al Head, exe.dir. of the council said. "It is the council's hope that this kind of quality exposure to Ala­bama arts and artists will stimulate more support of arts education in rural schools." ”

The Birmingham News

“Russell Gulley returning to Zodiac Theater Russell Gulley is no stranger to the Shoals.During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a member of Jackson Highway, a raucous southern rock band that was a mainstay........... recorded their first album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield.......... On Saturday at Florence’s Zodiac Theater,...... “Even thought I still perform, most people think of me in that avenue ( Folklorist),” Gulley said. “A lot of people have never been exposed to Russell Gulley as a performer......” Gulley eyed the Zodiac Theater because of the intimate setting and the theater’s reputation as a venue where people come to actually listen to music......The album ( Back to the Swamp) was named one of the Top 10 “do it yourself” releases of 2005 by Gritz Magazine.” The album features mostly original tunes written by Gulley,........ Gulley said his music fits the genre known as Americana,...... ”

“Had a great time tonight listening to Alabama singer, songwriter, folklorist, music historian and former Jackson Highway recording artist Russell Gulley perform an evening of soul-soothing, down-and-dirty blues during his BACK TO THE SWAMP concert at the Zodiac Theatre here in the heart of Muscle Shoals. Russell was joined by an all-star band made up of his brother Dennis on bass, Chris Anderson of the Outlaws on guitar and the incredible Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers on keyboards, plus special guest appearances by Muscle Shoals musicians Jay Johnson, Maxwell D Russell and Tommy Patterson. From "The Gospel According to the Blues" and "Greenwood, Mississippi" to "Train, Train" and "My Baby Don't Wear No Drawers," it was a power-packed, soul-stirring musical experience. Bravo to all!”

Terry Pace - Terry Pace Blog

“Review: Russell Gulley's Back To The Swamp (2004) by Dan Forrest | Friday, March 2, 2012 Alabama bluesman Russell Gulley played a set at Java City November 1st that wowed the crowd. Many of the songs performed at that show are here on this cd. A combination of originals and well-selected covers, Back to the Swamp will appeal to lovers of country blues. A Fort Payne native, Gulley spent a lot of time in Muscle Shoals, playing with many of the artists who created that distinctive sound. Songs like Sand Mountain Mule and the title track draw their inspiration from Gulley’s youth in the rural south. Like many of his peers, he enjoyed the new sounds of rock and roll, but unlike them, he was also taken by the blues. Covers of songs by Tony Joe White and Delbert McClinton have been chosen to reinforce the overall theme of the timelessness and immediacy of the blues as an art form. Review: Russell Gulley's Back To The Swamp (2004) - Bowling Green Daily News: Mus... Page 1 ”

Dan Forrest - The Amplifier/WKU/ Bowling Green Daily

““Students to Experience Shakespeare” Thanks to the Appalachian Regional Council and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF), The Big Wills Arts Council (BWAC) in partnership with the Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC) are able to present performances of Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM to area schools. Russell Gulley, director of the BWAC and artist in residence for the Fort Payne City Schools, has been working on developing the performances since last fall with an invitation from Greta Lambert of the ASF. Once the date of Tuesday, Feb. 28th, was secured for two performances at Fort Payne Middle School, the MAAC was asked to partner and participate in presenting a performance at Moon Lake Elementary School as well. That date is now set for Feb. 29th. “ Congrats! Today is your lucky day!” is the way the e-mail read that Lambert of the ASF sent.Indeed it was a lucky day. due to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Council, the performances at the schools were Comp.”

“Local guitar students to take statewide stage Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:47 pm Jared Felkins As part of the state's distance learning program, artist in residence Russell Gulley and the students will take the stage in a live statewide webcast Feb. 27. Use of this internet program allows schools to participate in a lesson or arts presentation while being miles apart. "This is my third year and our school system's second year to participate in the distance learning program," said Gulley. "I was very pleased when Judy Bollinger, interim ACCESS coordinator from Madison, called and asked us to participate and ACCESS Alabama will offer the students a chance to demonstrate their skills for a statewide audience." Gulley said the lesson plan will focus on the traditional form of the blues, in keeping with February's Black History Month theme. "This program is one more opportunity for our students to hone their performance skills before a live audience," Gulley said.”

“Music students with a request to perform publicly sparked an idea for a performance showcase in DeKalb County. The thought originated in music programs in Fort Payne City schools because students longed for to developm their performance skills. Artist inresidence Russell Gulley and instructors Chris Roberts and JohnGuice came up with an thought for a performance showcase featuring middle and high college musicians called Discover DeKalb Music. Auditions for the showcase will be at Fort Payne Middle School on Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students chosen will perform on Mar 17 at 7 p.m. at the DeKalb Theater. Performers in the showcase will also have the chance to perform at Boom Days on Sept. 15. For data and registration forms, Contact the Big Wills Arts Council at 256-845-2224 or email bwac@russellgulley.com . 2012 times-journal.com. All rights reserved. This element may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ”