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Back to the Swamp

by Russell Gulley

Acoustic Muscle Shoals Swamp Blues
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Back to the Swamp
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2. Gospel According to the Blues
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3. Mandie's Song (Sure Cure)
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4. Piece of Good Earth
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5. Better Off with the Blues
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6. Sand Mountain Mule
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7. Greenwood Mississippi
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8. Joliet Blues
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9. As the Crow Flies
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10. Wolves at My Door
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11. Baby Ruth
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12. My Baby Don't Wear No Drawers
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Album Notes
With the release of his new CD, Back to the Swamp, Muscle Shoals music veteran, Russell Gulley revitalizes his recording career after a silence of more than two decades. His last release was in 1981 on MSS / Capitol Records with the Shoals-based Southern rock band, Jackson Highway, and his current one is a return to the roots of the music that has always influenced him most - a funky mix of Americana, blending blues, rock, country and gospel.
Recording Back to the Swamp has reunited Russell with two former bandmates: his brother, Dennis Gulley, and Tommy Patterson. Together with Patterson on harp and Dennis on guitar (and as producer), Back to the Swamp is like a long awaited family reunion. Rounding out the sessions are guest performances by former Allman Brothers Band member Johnny Neel, Chris Anderson of The Outlaws and Blackhawk, Shane Sutton with the Gary Allen Band, and other members of the Straight Up Sound Recording family in Nashville.
All of the songs on the Back to the Swamp CD are either originals or have been chosen for their connection to the Shoals Tradition. Several are autobiographical, such as the title track, "Back to the Swamp", along with an acoustical remake of "Piece of Good Earth", the first single released by Jackson Highway on the MSS label in 1977. One other title, "The Gospel According to the Blues", is an a cappella performance that deals with intercultural influences as experienced by Russell as a young boy on the streets in his hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama. There he saw the Blues personified in the town's legendary street sweeper, "Uncle Bud".


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Larry McMunn

awesome.., heart-felt blues, brings an earlier life back to life!
Great stuff, Russell pours it out from his soul! A great CD, from the covers to his new compositions, Russell's feelings leap out of the speakers and bring memories back to life. I too, remember Uncle Bud, a wonderful memory too long buried. "Piece of Good Earth" is a fantastic remake of the Jackson Highway single from the 1970s, it sounds just as good and fresh as it did 25 years ago! "Back To The Swamp" is a masterpiece that CDBaby should feel honored to carry!

Gary Fritcher

Good stuff, yeah Russell is a true bluesman!
This is a CD that I can kick back and close my eyes and really enjoy Russells style of blues. Gospel according to the blues is a great one. Russsell Gulley is a great writer.
Check this CD out for yourself.

Johnny Neel of The Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule

Russell Gulley is the REAL DEAL
Been Working with Russell for a while now and sorry that I'm so late posting a word here, but if you want real,downhome, no frills blues, like it was in the old days, here it is. Russell Gulley is the REAL DEAL.

Gritz Magazine

Back to the Swamp in the Best of 2005
"Back to the Swamp" has just been named by Micheal "Buffalo" Smith as "#6 of the TEN BEST DIY CDs of 2005".

The Pulse

The song writing is what makes this Cd memorable. The blues is here.
This Cd is is a firm effort for those interested in a stripped down blues recording that does not take itself too seriuosly. Gulley surrounds himself with excellant guitar palyers as well as, soulful harp players.

Tom Willis

While every song on this CD is very good, a few just seem to leap out at you. Back to the Swamp should become a standard and The Gospel According to the Blues will suprise you and bring delight to your ears. My Baby Don't Wear No Drawers is a song you will make you, at the very least, smile while listening. Baby Ruth, Wolves at My Door, and all the others are great listening. This CD is a must have.

Rhonda Christopher

..... Russell Gulley's time to shine has come front and center.
After years of being a behind-the-scenes driving force in the music industry, Russell Gulley's time to shine has come front and center. His voice, as unique as John Hiatt and as southern as Charlie Daniels, brings fresh country air to the smoky atmosphere of the blues. BACK TO THE SWAMP brings together his rich influences of southern funk/rock/blues into an acoustic blues album with soul. Russell writes mature lyrics even a child could understand and interprets them into blues felt best by ancient souls. This album has the feel of dirt country roads and flat bottom boats in muddy water. Probably "too good for the radio," but, oh, what radio is missing! Fortunately, my music collection is not limited to what the radio plays. Yours shouldn’t be either. BACK TO THE SWAMP is a must have! That, my friends, is the “Gospel According to the Blues.”

Blues straight from the heart of the man, Russell Gulley.
If you like your blues authentic, then we recommend the CD, Back to the Swamp. Listen, close your eyes and be transported back to a time when Blues was a feeling created by souls knowing no other life. Hats off to Russell Gulley, a true Bluesman.

Michael Buffalo Smith/GRITZ

One of the freshest CDs of the year!
Absolutely one of the finest CDs of the year. Gulley slides right into that legendary group of Alabama players like Eddie Hinton, John Wyker, The Swampers...I love his voice and Johnny Neel and Doug Jones really add to the mix. FANTASTIC!