Russell DaShiellRussell (*1947 in Philadelphia) lived on Oahu, Hawaii between the ages of three and fifteen, taking up guitar at the age of fourteen. He moved with his parents to Florida in 1963, where he formed a band that played cover songs in the local beach clubs. He then joined Doug Killmer's band The Sonics, which after the addition of drummer Rick Jaeger became The Beau Gentry in 1965. The Beau Gentry spent the next year in Florida developing a following, and in 1966 they were booked for a summer tour of Wisconsin by Ken Adamany. After two years of gigging in the midwest, the band evolved into Crowfoot and relocated to San Francisco in December 1968.
With Crowfoot struggling to make ends meet, Russell began working as a session guitarist in the S.F. Bay area, and going on to play in Harvey Mandel's band with Rick Jaeger. He also played on Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky album, with Doug Killmer on bass. He then toured with Greenbaum and played on his next two albums. His success prompted him to revive Crowfoot, securing a record deal with Paramount Records, although the band's self-titled 1970 album was largely a DaShiell solo effort, as was its 1971 follow-up Find the Sun on ABC Dunhill.
Russell relocated to Hollywood in the early 1970s and continued his session work, recording with artists such as Phil Everly, Danny O'Keefe, Bo Diddley, John Sebastian, and former Creedence Clearwater Revival member Tom Fogerty. He went on to work with Cook and Clifford on solo material and joined them in the Don Harrison Band.
Russell finally released solo material after signing with Epic Records. The Elevator album, featuring his collaborations with Cook and Clifford, was released in 1978.
Although his solo career was initially short-lived, he continued to work on various projects, including a single and album with new band 'I Spy' in the 1980s with Doug Clifford on drums, signing with Sonet in Sweden. By the end of the 1980s he had moved into television soundtrack and editing work, notably on In Living Color.
In the early 1990s he and his former Crowfoot bandmates Doug Killmer and Rick Jaeger were reunited to record the EP Messenger in 1994. In the late 1990s Russell moved to Lake Tahoe and composed for advertising while continuing to record solo material. In 2000 he moved to Maui, writing and recording the album Island Life.
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Philips PHS 600-325
recorded in San Francisco, CA/USA
Harvey Mandel, guitar
Russell DaShiell, guitar, organ, piano, vocals
Larry Taylor, bass
Eddie Hoh, drums, percussion
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