Mary Jones Russell has been performing since the young age of 7 years old. Born in east Texas she was influenced by artists such as the great Loretta Lynn and George Jones. As a teenager, she listened to Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Tracy Nelson, and Eric Clapton and was so versatile in musicical styles that she played in many different venues. There is no categorize zing her. In the 1980â€™s she was playing in Texas clubs that booked Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, BB King and others. There she and her band opened for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert Collins and many other nationally known acts.
Mary moved to Colorado in 1989, and released her first CD â€œRetreatâ€ in 1993 with guest artists Nelson Rangell, BarBQ Bob, Tim Oâ€™Brian, .Larry Thompson, Don Prorak and many others. She has worked with the legendary Hazel Miller and Tim and Mollie Oâ€™Brien from Denver to name a couple.
The Mary Russell Band also has played for several benefits including â€œThe Pink Tie Affairâ€ benefiting the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation and Canine Companions helping people with disabilities with a trusted companion, their dog.
Her second CD â€œItâ€™s Just Lifeâ€ was released in 2003 was a tribute to her roots in Texas and mostly acoustic county/folk style with a special message.
Mary is as well an accomplished songwriter, writing much of her own material. She is also the recipiant of 2 Certificates of Achievement awards from Billboard Magazine for her songwriting.
What people have said:
â€œMary Russell, like her Colorado surroundings, is an exciting combination of terrain, a little rough and ready, and breathtaking. I have been going steady with her CD since I got it. ----â€œJerry Mills KYGO radio.
Mary Russell is an amazing singer and she proves it with this recording. She can be raunchy and scorchy on â€œLove Me One Timeâ€ and then turn around and make you weep with her beautiful interpretation of â€œKilling the Bluesâ€---- Mollie Oâ€™Brien -Singer
â€œAlthough Mary Russell is a Texas product, her Resounding Records debut, â€œRetreatâ€, features a virtual whoâ€™s who of local country, blues and jazz musicians, including Nelsen Rangell, Jim Ratts and Bar-B-Q Bob. The disc finds Russell in blues mama territory- her voice rumbles with experience and lasciviousness throughout original such as â€œSweet Talking Manâ€ and the judiciously chosen covers â€œCadillacâ€ and â€œKilling the Bluesâ€. A fine collection of bar-band bluster. --------â€œMichael Roberts, Westword Magazineâ€
1. Sweet Talking Man
2. Poor Little Baby
3. Killing The Blues
5. Bad News
6. Tell Me
7. Sweepstakes Blues
8. Love Can Stay
10. Love Me One Time
11. I Want To See You Anyway