Critically acclaimed, award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, Woody Russell, has released a body of recorded work that spans from the folk-rock infused songwriter fare of his first album, …as simple as that
(1996) to the highly praised blues and soul of Up Against It
(2010) to his latest recording, Delicious Days
(2013); a new album infused with sophisticated arrangements and harmony more closely associated with jazz. The Austin, Texas based Russell has always been a genre-blurring artist and Delicious Days
is no exception. With its crisp production, a defined trajectory toward pop is the prevailing tone on this album; perhaps more so than on any of his other releases. But again, he seamlessly integrates jazz, rock and soul in to the mix. Lyrically, Woody offers several very “close to the bone” personal narratives, even when addressing a broader social consciousness. The end result is a lush, complex recording – a pop album with a jazz heart - created by a master craftsman and his superb band. Yet, it’s an album which, amid the musical intricacies, is brimming with very accessible songs.
"Delicious Days is the most ambitious album project I’ve done to date in terms of the complexity of the music, the scope of the band and the production. These songs, a balance of those that are funky and light with those that are more pensive and personal, are an amalgam that I strive to find in my songwriting. Collectively they resonate with a certain sense of romance, longing, searching and ultimately, gratitude. I suspect that this is music for people who’ve lived a little, you know, who have some personal history under their belt. These are the characters that inhabit Delicious Days
It’s a recording that presents, front and center, the solid musicianship of, not only Russell, but a cast of “A-list” Austin based musicians. The playing throughout the recording is focused, brimming with excellent ensemble interplay, as well as, inspired solos.
Russell funded the release of Delicious Days
and an accompanying music video, in part, through a successful campaign on the popular crowd-funding website, Kickstarter. Woody is also the recipient of the 2013 Bugle Boy Foundation’s Talent Trust Award
following Kat Edmonson (2011) and Grammy nominee John Fullbright (2012). The Talent Trust financially assists selected artists with the production/publicity of a new studio recording.which financially assists selected artists with the production/publicity of a new studio recording.
Woody tours Texas frequently, as well as, to select North American dates. He's shared billing with artists ranging from Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson to Jimmy Vaughan and Tommy Castro at theaters, nightclubs and major festivals, including the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. Critically praised as an “exemplary” guitarist, an “exceptional singer” and songwriter of the highest caliber - a "total artist package", Woody delivers seasoned performances with over twenty-five years as a professional musician to his credit. Respected music industry veteran and President of BE Music and Entertainment, Michael Blanton, calls him "one of the best kept secrets in the world of live performance today." Blues Revue offers that, as a guitarist, Russell possesses the “fearlessness of Jeff Beck”.