The Broken Spoke on Highway 57 at Pickwick is treating its friends, customers and the general public to both with its Songwriters Concert Series every Wednesday.
Northwest Alabama's Maxwell Russell is slated to take the stage at 8 p.m. this Wednesday. Local songwriters are encouraged to attend the event 5 p.m. event. There is no cover charge and a limited menu will be offered.
"Songwriters who show at that time will have the opportunity to perform for the crowd," said Broken Spoke owner Diana Barker.
Russell, an Alabama native, grew up in Colbert County and has been playing the guitar since he was a youngster. He got started in the business at the age of 26, playing original music at gigs.
Influenced by old-school Delta music, slide, boogie along with swing and rock and roll, the Alabama native plays mainly throughout the southeast.
In 2006, he entered and won first place in a blues band competition in Birmingham, Ala., and was sent to Memphis, Tenn. for the International Blues Band competition.
He has three albums of original music with his band The Shakedown Kings and a solo Delta blues album using only his unique collection of acoustic guitars and featuring his scorching slide work on his 1929 National resonator guitar. The album, titled Once It Gets in Your Bones, was released in 2010 and his album Alabama Moon, released in 2006, features some of the Shoals’ finest musicians.
Russell has hosted the Shoals Songwriters Showcase, a weekly event at local clubs featuring up and coming signed and unsigned songwriters. The artist co-wrote “Looking For A Way Out” – an effort he did with the jam band The Fiddle Worms. His song “Ten Foot Tall and Bullet Proof” was written for Florence-based metal band Random Conflict and is on their new album Tradition Is The Enemy. His “Alabama Moon” was used in the low budget horror film The Man In The Maze.
"We are so fortunate to have Max join us for our Songwriters Concert Series," said Barker. "We hope people will come out and listen to a great songwriter."
The free Songwriter Concert Series is hosted by renown blues songwriter and performer Sandy Carroll, a Pickwick resident. The series will continue through Dec. 11.
(For the concert series lineup, go to www.brokenspokerestaurant.com.)