Photo by Jeffrey Allen
Monday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.—KILLINGTON— The heart and soul of blues is making its way to the Foundry in Killington for Monday Blues Night with Joey Leone and special guest Muscle Shoals music veteran Russell Gulley. This set brings the roots of Americana music straight to Killington with a mix of blues, gospel, country, and good ole’ rock n’ roll.
Russell Gulley’s musical sounds stems from his Southern roots. Born in Georgia, but raised in Alabama, music was a major influence during his youth. He grew up performing in local choirs and was an active member in the Southern Country/ Gospel group, the Howell Family. Gulley found joy in many “battle of the bands” competitions, which lead to song writing and eventually, in 1973, a life-changing move to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Gulley partnered with Muscle Shoals Sound, where he developed as a songwriter and under the wings of producers Johnson and David Hood. He and his brother, Dennis, formed Jackson Highway, which successfully recorded for MSS and Capitol Records.
Early influences from his brother, Bobby, who played the steel guitar, allowed him to immerse himself into the world of blues. Stars of the time including Elvis Presley encouraged Gulley to dive deeper into learning about music. Heavy influencers include Jimmy Reed and Freddy King for their earthy, funky style of music.
Head on over to the Foundry on March 4 at 6:30 p.m.