Guitarist Fruteland Jackson sings and plays solid traditional acoustic country blues, and also writes original compositions that are rooted in country blues but with lyrics that relect his own experiences and the times in which he lives. One of his songs, for example, tells of the historic flooding of Chicago’s Loop following a 1992 tunnel accident at the Kinzie Bridge over the Chicago River.
Jackson was born in Mississippi in 1953 and raised in Chicago where he grew up on the west side and studied music at Columbia College and Roosevelt University, right down the street from the Blues Fest. He heard blues around the house when he was growing up and cites his uncle Woodrow Chandler as an influence, as well as the music of Johnny Shines, Big Bill Broonzy, Elizabeth Cotton, Robert Johnson, plus various ragtime and Piedmont stylists.
Jackson is a gifted singer and performer as well as a powerful speaker and story teller, which makes him perfectly suited for his role teaching in the Blues in the Schools program, for which he created the award-winning “All About the Blues” series. In 1996 Jackson released All I Crave, his third recording on the It Records label. Most recently he has issued Tell Me What You Say on Electro-Fi Records.
Fruteland Jackson is a three time Blues Music Award nominee and a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award. He has also published an instructional book on Delta Blues for beginners.