Born in Memphis and starting his career in 1974, Russell Jackson moved to Chicago in 1976 and gained his blues “stripes” working with Otis Clay, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Lucky Peterson, Charlie Musselwhite and Willie Nelson plus more. He also recorded and toured with such greats as Luther Tucker, Matt Murphy, Kenny Neal and Katie Webster.
From 1979-1986 Russell toured exclusively with B.B. King recording five live albums. During this period he was the first to put slap bass onto a live blues recording.