Reba Russell

Somewhere between the full throated, gospel charged firepower of Bonnie Bramlett and the gentle, seductive soul of early Rita Coolidge, you'll find Memphis singer songwriter Reba Russell sitting pretty. Like Coolidge and Bramlett, she's made her name as backup singer providing aural ammunition for acts ranging from Jimmy Thackery, Johnny Cash and U2, to Tracy Nelson and Walter Trout. So, after taking part in hundreds of productions together with eight solid solo records of her own, the fact that she's learned a thing or two along the way is self-evident. Subtlety and the school of less is more is a lesson learned from friend and Memphis-based mentor Jim Dickinson. The guys backing her up colelctively may make the best group in the business. Led by the astonishing (and equally tasteful) guitar work of Josh Roberts and the smartly layered keyboard and harp of Robert Nighthawk Tooms, the group creates a powerfully supportive platform to showcase Russell's vocal chops and charisma.