Today we meet up again with Shake Russell. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured Shake. We talked about him when he was up for Vocal Group (and won) in 2010. He’s been in this category (Entertainer of the Year) before, having won both in 2004 and 2008. He’s also won Founders Award (2007) as well as Vocal Group of the Year (2008) as part of the Shake Russell Trio. That’s quite a track record, but then Shake is quite the artist.
He’s not only a soulful singer with a style that reminds me of Arlo Guthrie, but he’s a talented songwriter as well. He’s won the BMI Million Air Award twice for songs he
co-wrote with Clink Black and has won the BMI Writer Award FOUR times!
The man has quite a resume.
Shake is one of the few I’ve come across so far that is not an original Texan. Born in Independence MO, Shake gathered bits and pieces of style like moss to a stone as he traveled the country before making the lone star state his official home in the mid-70’s.
With all the talent Shake Russell possesses, it doesn’t surprise me to see him nominated in any available category in any awards organization. I’m just glad he’s a Texan at heart and sharing his talent with the rest of us. I hope you'll take a few minutes to browse his website: Shake Russell . And when you're done there, head on over to his page at MyTexasMusic and give a listen to some of his great tunes.
Good Luck on Saturday, Shake!