|Band Members||Russell "Hitman" Alexander (guitar, vocals); Kevin Rymer (keyboards); Mike Porter (bass); Guy La Fountaine (drums); Mike Snyder (sax, clarinet); Eric Altarac (trumpet); Mike Vitale (bari sax)|
|# Years Experience Performing Live:||20|
|# Live Perfomances Past Six-months:||102|
|Market Draw:||Over 40: 201-250; UK: 151-200; France: 151-200; US: 101-150|
|Venue History:||Colne Blues Festival, UK - Colne, UK; Riverhead Blues Festival - Riverhead, NY; Maryport Blues Festival - Maryport, UK; Plaza Hotel, NYC - New York City, NY; St. Regis Hotel - New York City, NY; Harley Davidson - Various sites, NY; Dan Lynch Blues Club - New York City , NY; Eel Pie Club - London, UK; Dozens More - Eastern Seaboard, NY|
|Opener Experience:||Whitney Houston; Johnny Copeland; Smokey Robinson; The Coasters; The Ink Spots; Many others|
|Similar Artists:||Johnny WInter, Elmore James, Jonny Lang, Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy|
|Performing Rights Society:||ASCAP|
|Discography:||The World Moves On LP—2016; Blues Enough LP—2013; Pale Rider LP—2009; Live At Stonybrook LP—2006; Angel In The Shadows LP—2002; Blooztown LP—2000|
How do you become a Hitman? A sharp suit and a thousand songs. That’s what earned New York City native Russell Alexander his moniker, early in the vast musical career that made him the master guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the Hitman Blues Band that he is today.
Earning that nickname took a lot of work. But the most important gigs Russell ever did on the way to getting it, he didn’t even get to play at. As a teen, he earned $10 a gig to set up gear for a band that played five shows every weekend. The young guitarist learned hundreds of songs that way, just by ear.
Russell soon made a name for himself as a sideman. He worked as a freelancer 25 nights a month for years, flying all over the country and playing orchestral swing, country, jazz, rock, Hasidic music, Salsa, Greek, and more. Whenever a band got a request that they didn’t know, Russell did. “I got a nick name as the Hitman because I knew all the hits,” he said.
He could play anything professionally, but for fun, Russell played blues. When he showed up for jam sessions at the Chicago Blues Club wearing a tux and hat, the jam co-host would yell, “It’s Hitman Russ!” When Russell finally got a chance to build his dream project, it could only be called The Hitman Blues Band.
7 albums and countless tours later, thousands of fans confirm it was the right choice.
ampeg svt or gk amp 8-10 cabinet for speakers
Nord or Hammond (electric), a good amp for stage monitoring (or a monitor), a keyboard stand and a bench plus all the cables and foot pedals
22’’ base, brass snare 10 lug, 13’’ rack, 15 & 16 floor. Quality Ride, two crashes, & high hats.
Fender Blues Deville or similar (Blues Junior, Twin, Vibrolux, whatever.) As long as it makes noise and doesn’t have blown speakers, I’m good.
Horns: stage mikes
Backup vocals: 3 mikes (two for bu vocalists, one for the bassist). They would prefer not to have to share one mike.