World-class guitarist/vocalist/producer Kevin Russell honors one of the greats in Rock and Blues history with his Cream of Clapton tribute. Kevin and his band dig deep into the music of the British guitar legend with fire, passion, and precision.
From Cream to the hits to the blues, Kevin is spellbinding as he brings to life these wonderful songs. Born and raised in the Motor City, Kevin’s has a very unique blend of blues, rock and soul – “It’s a Motor City thing!” He is a very soulful guitar player as well as singer/songwriter and record producer. Kevin first rose to prominence with his classic rock band 707, scoring a couple of rock radio classics hits and toured playing arenas throughout the 80’s. Kevin has also played with a who’s who list of recording and touring artists throughout his career.
In the 80’s Kevin joined forces with Billy Kreutzman and Brent Midland (Grateful Dead) to form Kokomo. They played sold out show after sold out show all around the U.S. Shorlty after Kevin got together with Stray Cats members Slim Jim Phantom & Lee Rocker and fellow guitarist Earl Slick.(Phantom, Rocker and Slick) Kevin toured with the band and co wrote and played on their follow up record “Cover Girl” Kevin and Clarence Clemons “The Big Man” became good pals in the Bay Area. They put a touring band together The Red Bank Rockers and hit the road. Playing too sold out crowds across the U.S. Their shows would often feature special guests like: Joe Walsh, Ringo, Bruce “The Boss”, Jackson Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, Ritchie Sambora. etc.
Kevin also put together “The Keep” with Kiss drummer and longtime pal Peter Criss. During this period Kevin was also getting calls to play on other artists records such as; Whitesnake, Clarence Clemons, Sea Hags, F. Machine, Levon Helm (The Band), Nils Logren (E St. Band),etc…Kevin has also done much TV and Films work i.e. Levi’s 501 Blues, Murder In Greenwich, Fall Into Darkness, Weird Science, No Small Affair, Nightmare on Elm St. Pt III and IV and much more…..
In the 90’s Kevin concentrated on playing rock/blues and producing many other rock/blues records for artists which included; Steve Hunter (David Lee Roth), Pat Travers, Leslie West, Frank Marino, Rick Derringer, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/David Lee Roth), George Lynch (Dokken), Ritchie Kotzen (Poison), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy), Steve Lukather, (Toto) Stu Hamm Joe Satriani), , Rick Medlocke .
In 2007-2009 the smash Broadway hit show JERSEY BOYS called on Kevin’s talents. in which Kevin completing over 600 shows in a row! Shortly thereafter Kevin was asked to join The Hit Men All Stars which includes former members of (Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Boston,Aerosmith, Nightranger, Dire Straits).