Words like “icon” and “legend” get thrown around much too liberally regarding musicians, but the terms fit Leon Russell like a well-tailored suit. With his Oklahoma drawl, rollicking barrelhouse/Delta Blues piano-style and inspired songwriting talent, he was custom built for Rock success in the ’60s and ’70s.
This could wind up being a big year for Russell — he brought down the house with his piano accompaniment for the Zac Brown Band at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony and recently co-wrote songs with Elton John and Bernie Taupin for Sir Elton’s next album. Amazingly, Russell’s greatest successes might lie on the road ahead. And every one will be well deserved.
He plays the Madison Theater on Saturday. Get show details and Sound Advice here.