Russ Kunkel

Los Angeles, United States

Russ Kunkel, a talented performer, producer, songwriter, and musician, has been demanded for a long time by the top names in rock and roll. He has either toured, written songs, produced a session, or played with artists such as Steve Winwood, Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks, Simon & Garfunkel, Aaron Neville, The Bee Gees, Reba McIntyre, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Lyle Lovett, and Jimmy Buffett, among others.

Moving from Pittsburgh to Southern California, Kunkel drummed in a series of groups before forming the band Things to Come in 1966 with lead singer Steve Runolfsson, drummer Russ Kunkel, and bassist Bryan Garofalo.

The Beatles' Apple Records head, Peter Asher, who was recruiting players for an album by a new artist, James Taylor, suddenly caught an interest in the band. He hired Kunkel to play on Taylor's Apple debut, and it wasn't long before Kunkel found himself playing with George Harrison and Bob Dylan, among others.

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