Based in Huntsville, AL, Kozmic Mama has become one of the Southern U.S.'s most popular acts after forming in 1991. Carla Russell's soulful vocals front an incredibly adept band consisting of Matt Shook, Bobby Love, Mike Fontenot, and John Broussard. Shook and Love comes from Atlanta, GA while Fontenot and Broussard come from New Orleans, LA. Russell grew up in Europe. They play everything from blues to hard rock with fire, passion, and unbridled soul.
Russell's military dad was transferred to Huntsville, AL when she was a teenager. The base was only 50 miles from Muscle Shoals, AL, the home of Fame Records. She started singing with a local band called Pressure and built a reputation as a serious blue-eyed soul singer. Her style and phrasing remind you of Mavis Staples. Producer Johnny Sandlin cut a duet with Russell and Jimmy Hall, former lead of Wet Willie and has used Carla on other projects since. Shook and Love played with the rock band Fragile, while Fontenot and Broussard toiled with the King Cotton Blues Band. The band keeps busy playing an assortment of festivals including the W.C. Handy Music Festival, the Alabama Blues and Jazz Festival, the Down Home Blues Festival, the Blues Stock, and the Big Spring Jam. They're a feature at Sammy TS Sports Bar in Huntsville and gig at other local clubs as well. Though the band may be a secret to everyone except the South, things may soon change.