Russ Kunkel


Russ Kunkel is a creative. Yes, he’s primarily known as a first-call drummer who made his mark helping artists such as James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Carole King, and Linda Ronstadt create their personal sounds. But over the span of three decades, Russ has found that his real gift is not only playing drums, but also writing, producing and participating in the complete creative process of making music. When asked who the most significant people were in starting him on his musical journey, he is quick to mention a list of mentors and teachers that is longer than this introduction. You see, Russ Kunkel doesn’t take anything for granted. It is all about being at the right place at the right time. That’s all it took to connect Apple Records producer Peter Asher to him. After that meeting, Asher hired him to play on James Taylor’s debut album. The rest is history. He’s ready to release a new personal project this coming summer that is sure to pique the interest of music lovers everywhere. Inside MusiCast welcomes Russ Kunkel.