Nedra Russ:

An accomplished and award-winning multimedia artist and musician, Nedra Russ is a vessel of creative energy drawing apon  Modern, Avant-garde and Traditional painters throughout history .

Nedra’s paintings and songs can be seen and heard across the United States and as far as Europe, Asia, and Australia 

Nedra is Resident Artist/Musician  at Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Family.

Nedra is a representative for Hohner Harmonica as a world recognised harmonica  player as well as The Harmonica Lady tm original playable harmonica necklace's and her podcast is Rank in the top ten in the World and has been on Disneys The Big Fib podcast aa a noted harmonica player and teacher.


NJR Music Duo or Trio can be booked

Nedra and Julio, Rock n Roots 

Brownie McGhee used to talk (and sing) about the 'blues buzzin' round like a bunch of honey bees.  Guitarist Julio Inglasses and Harmonica-blower, singer/songwriter Nedra Russ get the blues buzzin', the rock rollin', and root's homegrowin', and your toes tappin'!  In fact, their first song collaboration, 'Little Bumblebee' has just been set free to buzz around the internet. 

nJr draws from deep and eclectic roots in music ranging from gospel, blues, folk, to rock, with originals and select standards delivered in an inimitable, nitty gritty, and down to earth range of styles. 

The combination of vocals, deep-rooted blues and explosive instrumentals displays promise to keep those bees buzzin for a long time!

 NJR Music has a New bass player Jay Crawford formerly of the Bay Area Bombs. He adds vocals Bass Cello and guitar. 





Previous events

Heart of Hope

Amador County Arts Council , 229 New York Ranch Road (Amador Senior Center), Jackson CA 95642

Works honouring mental health challenges and celebrating hope and perseverance I am entering a piece Horizons 12 by 12 oil

Having a major car accident left me with PTSD. I have had to find ways to overcome; art has been the best medicine. This work, I feel it expresses that as your horizons expand, these new ideas can give a whole new meaning to life.

ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”

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Amador County Arts Council , 617 South CA-49 (Mother Lode Plaza), Jackson, CA 95642

During Black History Month, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”. This landmark exhibit will celebrate the contributions of Black Americans with a presentation of art and artistry by our fellow citizens. The celebration of art and culture in America recognizes the contribution of all our various citizens over the course of our history. Black History Month is an established, nationally recognized observance that honors the lives, experiences, and history of Blacks in America. For almost 50 years, it has reminded us of the extraordinary men and women who achieved incredible things often in the face of unimaginable injustice and inequality. All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America some 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American motif in various fields including art, music, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry. Public reception 01/31/2020, free and open from 4-7pm. This reception will include music, snacks, and performance artists


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Calaveras Arts Council , 22 North Main St., San Andreas, CA 95249 209.754.1774

Start 2020 with love. Bring in art that explores and celebrates love. Love of life. Love of one special person. Love of animals. Love of family. Love of community. Love of state, country, planet, or even just love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Artist Reception

Let art help love fight hate, and make the world go 'roundReception ​February 13 ​5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Art in Amador

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Sutter Creeek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek Ca

Art in Amador September 14 -15, 2019 Saturday 10 am to 6 pm Subday 10 am to 4 pm On September 14 and 15, the Amador Artists will bring their annual Art Show back to the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 18 Main Street. More than 20 Artists will show their work and many will demonstrate their craft during this FREE exhibition. Produced by the Amador County Artist Association, the art show will feature a raffle of fine art items from each of the participating artists. Proceeds from the Raffle directly benefit the ACAA Scholarship Fund.

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Harmonica Saved My Life
  • Harmonica Saved My Life
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16 by 20 framed Mixed Media RICK ESTRIN

(harmonica, vocals)

Rick Estrin was born in San Francisco, California in 1949, and grew up fiercely independent. As a 10-year-old boy, he made his way to the tough Market Street area and befriended many of the neighborhood characters. When he was 12, his older sister gave him a copy of Ray Charles’ The Genius Sings The Blues, and he became infatuated with the music. Albums from Jimmy Reed, Champion Jack Dupree, Mose Allison, Nina Simone and others soon followed. By the time he was a teenager, Estrin had immersed himself in the urban, African-American culture surrounding him. He got his first harmonica at age 15, and by age 18 was proficient enough to begin sitting in at black clubs around the city. He first jammed with blues master Lowell Fulson and immediately was hired to open five shows for R&B giant Z.Z. Hill. He worked five nights a week for almost a year with guitar legend Travis Phillips in a band fronted by famed pimp/bluesman Fillmore Slim (who was the centerpiece of the acclaimed Hughes Brothers documentary American Pimp). Slim introduced Estrin to singer Rodger Collins, the man who would become Rick’s first real musical mentor. Collins schooled Rick on the finer points of songwriting and show business. At 19, Estrin relocated to Chicago and worked with some of the city’s best bluesmen. He met and jammed with the legendary Muddy Waters, who told Rick, “You outta sight, boy! You got that sound! You play like a man!” Muddy wanted Estrin to go on the road with him, but Estrin missed Muddy’s phone call and it never happened. Estrin eventually moved back to the Bay Area, met guitarist Charlie Baty and formed Little Charlie & The Nightcats. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick brought in guitar virtuoso Kid Andersen and formed Rick Estrin & The Nightcats.

Estrin cites Sonny Boy Williamson II, Percy Mayfield and Detroit bluesman Baby Boy Warren as his major songwriting influences. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his innovative songs. And his sly and soulful vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home.

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Golden Angel
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22 inch hand beaded gold infused beads, crystals, and a little lady fine tuned mimi harmonica is truly one of a kind. Yes only one made. By the artist.

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Red white and blue
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This Kumihimo (組み紐) is a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", kumihimo are made by interlacing reels ... Is made with silk threads a fine tuned mini little lady harmonica' Hand made by the artist truly one of a kind.

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The Harmonica Lady
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Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", kumihimo are made by interlacing reels of yarn, commonly silk, with the use of traditional, specialised looms - either a marudai or a takadai. These are like and I have them in different colors. They are with a Little Lady Hohner fine tuned in C mini Harmonicas.

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Bee Peace
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Kumihimo (組み紐) is a traditional Japanese artform of making braids and cords. Literally meaning "gathered threads", kumihimo are made by interlacing reels ... with bee and stone peace sign 20 inch Hand made one of a kind by the artist

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"I Never Feel As Truly Alive As When I Play Music."

For generations, Hohner has dedicated everything towards music for a simple reason: Music is a way of life. In fact, you could say it’s the best way of life. People who aren’t into music simply don’t know what they’re missing. Of course we would say that, wouldn’t we? But like countless musicians all over the world, from beginner to professional, we feel so strongly about music that we want to help open the door to this experience to everyone. With instruments designed to convey the joy and the passion which inspires everybody to improve their skills and develop further.

We wouldn’t be where we are now, as world market leader for harmonicas and accordions, if it wasn’t for our passion and our shared commitment to our craft and the traditions which it has inspired. This is a defining element of the Hohner sound, a key to unlock the world of music. Our mission is to pass this passion on to you, with perfectly crafted instruments which enable you to truly Enjoy music.

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