Calvin Russell (musician)

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Calvin Russell
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Calvin Russell, 2007
Background information
Birth nameCalvert Russell Kosler
Born(1948-11-01)November 1, 1948
Austin, Texas, USA
DiedApril 3, 2011(2011-04-03) (aged 62)
Garfield, Texas, USA
Roots rock
Blues rock
Texas blues
Southern rock
InstrumentsElectric guitar
Acoustic guitar
Years active1980s–2011
Full Blast
New Rose
SPV (pre-1994)
SPV Recordings
Last Call
Freefalls Entertainment
Associated actsJon Dee Graham
Townes Van Zandt
The Characters

Calvin Russell (born Calvert Russell Kosler, November 1, 1948 – April 3, 2011) was an American blues and roots rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Early life and career[edit]

Russell was born in Austin, Texas, on November 1, 1948. At age 12, Russell began learning guitar and at 13 joined a band called The Cavemen. In 1989, he met Patrick Mathe of the French record label, New Rose Records, while at a party in Austin and gave him a demo tape intended for noted Austin guitarist and producer, Charlie Sexton. He would go on to sign with the label releasing his first solo album in 1990 entitled A Crack In Time. In promotion of the album, Russell began touring extensively throughout Europe achieving a level of success he had yet to obtain back in the United States.[1]

Russell would go on to release over a dozen albums on various labels. Throughout his career, he battled with drug and alcohol addiction and was arrested in Texas for cocaine possession in 1995.

Illness and death[edit]

On April 3, 2011, Russell died in Garfield, Texas, after a lengthy battle with liver cancer at the age of 62.[2] He is survived by Swiss-born wife, Cynthia, who continues to live in Central Texas and son, Justin.[3]

Select discography[edit]

Solo releases[edit]


  • 1990: A Crack In Time (New Rose/SPV Recordings)
  • 1991: Sounds From The Fourth World (New Rose/SPV Recordings)
  • 1992: Soldier (New Rose/SPV)
  • 1993: Le Voyageur - Live (New Rose/SPV)
  • 1995: Dream Of The Dog (SPV Recordings)
  • 1997: Calvin Russell (Last Call/SPV Recordings/Columbia)
  • 1999: Sam (SPV Recordings/Columbia)
  • 2000: Crossroad - Live (Last Call)
  • 2001: Rebel Radio (SPV Recordings/Freefalls Entertainment/Dixiefrog)
  • 2005: In Spite Of It All (SPV Recordings)
  • 2006: Live at the Kremlin (New Rose)
  • 2007: Unrepentant (XIII BIS)
  • 2009: Dawg Eat Dawg (XIII BIS)
  • 2010: Contrabendo - Live (XIII BIS)
  • 2011: The Last Call, In The Heat Of A Night.. - Live CD/DVD (XIII BIS)


  • 1985: "Behind eight Ball/Baby I Love You" (MPPA)
  • 1991: "You're My Baby/Baby I Love" (New Rose)
  • 1991: "Crossroads/"Rockin' The Republicans" (New Rose)
  • 1992: "Soldier" (New Rose)
  • 1993: "This Is Your World" (New Rose)
  • 1997: "Crossroads" (Columbia)


  • 1997: The Story Of Calvin Russell - This Is My Life (SPV Recordings/Columbia)
  • 2004: A Man In Full - The Best of Calvin Russell (Last Call)

Collaborative releases[edit]


  • 1988: The Characters - Act I (Full Blast)


  1. ^ Davet, Stéphane (April 8, 2011). "Calvin Russell obituary". Le Monde.
  2. ^ Morris, Christopher (April 3, 2011). "Singer-songwriter Calvin Russell dies". Variety. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Corcoran, Michael (April 3, 2011). "Memories of Calvin Russell and his crack in time". Retrieved May 11, 2013.

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