Singer/songwriter Red Jenkins is one of Sweden's real pioneers in country music with more than 40 years in the business. He specializes in honky tonk music and has recorded several albums since his debut in the sixties. His first American recording session took place in Marty Robbins studio in 1979 with the help of master songwriter Frank Dycus. In 1983 he recorded another album, this time in the RCA studios, again with Dycus and with steel player Sonny Garrish as producer. Since then he has recorded several times in Nashville as well as in Texas.
In January 2007 Red Jenkins released two critically acclaimed albums of duets with American artists - one produced in Nashville by singer/songwriter Billy Yates and the other recorded in San Antonio, Texas with country entrepreneur, singer and ex-bass player with Johnny Bush and Darrell McCall, Bill Green as producer. The Nashville album, “The Bartender (It’s All on the Jukebox)”, contains duets with superstars like Ed Bruce and Melba Montgomery, and on the Texas CD, “Neon Bible”, Red is joined by Texas legends like Charlie Walker, Johnny Bush and Augie Meyers. Red is a prolific songwriter and he learned this trade while on his earlier US trips he hung out with his mentor Frank Dycus and writers like Al Gore and Dean Dillon. In 1991 the country legendJohnny Paycheck recorded Red’s song “A Violin That Never Has Been Played”. This song was featured in the Swedish cult movie “Have a Wonderful Life”, performed by Red and Swedish songstress Anne Kihlström. It is also on the CD “Neon Bible”, this time with Texas songbird Amber Digby joining Red.
Red & Amber went to No.1 on the HOT DISC DJ chart in Europe with “A Violin That
Never Has Been Played”. The legendary songwriter Hank Cochran was the first one Red
sang this song for when he visited his home in Nashville. Hank really liked the tune and that
ment a lot to Red.
Years ago, Red recorded an album in tribute to Frank Dycus, which features three songs co-written by Red & Frank. Some other tunesmiths Red has worked with are Jim Mundy, Joe Sun and Al Gore and among writers he works with today is The Beckaroo, Becky Hobbs, who is included on the Nashville CD with her song “Jones on the Jukebox”. Red has toured extensively with Swedish as well as international artists; he has been on the Swedish hit parade and has appeared in country music shows on TV.
These are just some of the famous American stages where he has performed; Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas, TX; Broken Spoke, Austin, TX; The Farmer’s Daughter, San Antonio, TX; Floores Country Store, Helotes, TX; Nashville Palace, Legends Corner, Tootsies and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Long Hollow Jamboree, The Station Inn, all in Nashville, TN. Red took time off from his busy touring schedule for several years in the 90s to coach soccer.
However, he kept going to the US every year to sing, record, write songs and meet his many friends in the business. Now The Honky Tonk Man is back on the scene, releasing two albums at the same time,
Red was voted "Scandinavian Artist of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the country magazine "Kountry Korral." His two duet albums with American country artists, "The Bartender" and "Neon Bible” became "Scandinavian Album of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Red's CD "Trucker's Paradise" won Album of the Year for 2008. Red won Scandinavian Artist of the Year" in 2009. Red has 2011 a brand new album out called "Hank & Jack" recorded in Nashville, TN which is a duet album. Red's duet partners are Leona Williams, Dawn Sears, Dean Dillon, Lance Miller, Becky Hobbs, Ernie Rowell, Dennis Adkins and Ron Williams.
If you like pure traditional honky tonk music you will like Red Jenkins - he is "Stone Country".