Calvin Russell – Same (1997)

FrontCover1Calvin Russell (born Calvert Russell Kosler, 1 November 1948 – 3 April 2011) was an American blues rock/roots rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Russell was born in Austin, Texas, on 1 November 1948. At age 12, Russell began learning guitar and at 13 joined a band called The Cavemen. In 1989, he met Patrick Mathe of the French record label, New Rose Records, while at a party in Austin and gave him a demo tape intended for noted Austin guitarist and producer, Charlie Sexton. He would go on to sign with the label releasing his first solo album in 1990 entitled A Crack In Time. In promotion of the album, Russell began touring extensively throughout Europe achieving a level of success he had yet to obtain back in the United States.

Russell would go on to release over a dozen albums on various labels. Throughout his career, he battled with drug and alcohol addiction and was arrested in Texas for cocaine possession in 1995.

CalvinRussellOn 3 April 2011, Russell died in Garfield, Texas, after a lengthy battle with liver cancer at the age of 62. He is survived by Swiss-born wife, Cynthia, who continues to live in Central Texas and son, Justin. (by wikipedia)

This is his 5th album and this album is a more blues orientated album with real great cover versions of “Desperation” (Steppenwolf) and “Mr. Madd And Mr. Gold” (Townes van Zandt) … You should discover the world of Calvin Russell . Let the music play !

William Brown (background vocals)
Jim Dickinson (keyboards)
Luther Dickinson (guitar, mandolin)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
David Hood (bass)
Suzanne Jerome-Taylor (background vocals)
Shawn Lane (guitar)
Billy Earl McClellan (guitar)
Chuck Prophet (guitar)
Jackie Reddick (background vocals)
Calvin Russell (guitar, vocals)


01. Let the Music Play (Russell) 4.36
02. Nothin’ Can Save Me (Russell) 5.52
03. I Want To Change The World (Russell) 3.41
04. Desperation (Kay) 5.48
05. Lovin’ You (Foley) 3.36
06. Mr. Madd And Mr. Gold (v.Zandt) 5.06
07. My Love Is So (Russell) 3.19
08. Time Flies (Russell) 4.22
09. Cut The Silver Strings (Russell) 2.30
10. Drive By (Russell) 4.15