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 

Owned and operated Nedra’s Fine art gallery in Amador City, CA, 

Earned a Certificate in Graphics Electronic Communication.

Following an intensive course of study, Nedra is now certified by the renowned Berklee School of Music as a Modern Musician Specialist with emphasis on Songwriting, Musicianship and Music Production.

Nedra Russ’s The Harmonica LadyTM line of jewelry features miniature, fully- playable harmonicas. Her designs earned her the distinction of being the very first HOHNER USA Juke Joint Representative accepted on the basis of artistic representation of the instrument. Since its founding in Germany in 1857, HOHNER has been crafting high-quality harmonicas and other musical instruments, including accordions, guitars, and mandolins, to name a few. 

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

Also on YouTube and Facebook. 


NJR Music

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!




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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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