Fruteland Jackson

Performer/Historian

Three time Blues Music Award nominee (Best Album/Artist), Storyteller and Oral Historian, Fruteland Jackson is a singer /songwriter performing acoustic blues, from contemporary to traditional, from the blues of early field-holler songs and work songs to Delta and Piedmont Blues, as well as his own original works.

As an Oral Historian, he has taken his extensive knowledge of Blues history to schools, colleges and universities internationally. Fruteland is the creator of the award winning "All About The Blues"™ series Blues in the Schools programs which he currently presents to some 50,000 students annually in the classroom. He has received awards and acclaim across the country for his research, innovation, curriculum and presentation of the history about the people and music that make up the blues.

Jackson worked with the Blues Foundation to create the teaching program, "All About the Blues", for which The Illinois Arts Council granted him their Folk/Ethnic Heritage Award and The Blues Foundation named him recipient of their 'Keeping the Blues Alive’ Award. He presents his programs at civic, cultural and educational venues internationally.

Jackson also has produced an instructional video, released three albums and has appeared at dozens of blues festivals internationally including the Chicago Blues Festival. He is a consistent crowd pleaser in performance with a style that puts people at ease and they enjoy his presentation of music and humor.