The new album, Delicious Days


"5 stars... the best album I've heard in 2013 and the competition isn't even close."
- MuzikReviews.com

"Every song is a gem."
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"Sophisticated arrangements and a very thoughtful, fresh approach."
- RootsTime

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Brand New Christmas Recording and Video Launched 

DEC 12 2014

WR has recorded a couple of songs associated with Christmas; an old favorite, "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" and a jumping version of the spiritual, "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Both feature harmonica ace, Jose "Sweet Tone" Ruiz. and can be downloaded in a variety of formats (including FLAC, WAV, Mp3, etc) for free or "name your price" at his official music store for a limited time! The tracks are to be included on a compilation by Gold Man Records which will include songs from Vallejo, Zay Santos (produced by WR), Chris Castaneda and more. A simple video for "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" was also created.

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New Sounds Acoustic Sessions Is Now Live at YouTube 

NOV 14 2014

CUTS Music Group Presents "New Sounds Acoustic Sessions" featuring raw, acoustic video performances of brand new songs from Woody. The videos also feature the lyrics and, at the YouTube based playlist, each song offers brief details about WR's writing process and his thoughts behind the concept of the songs. Subscribe to his new YouTube channel and be automatically updated when a new video is posted.

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BUZZ

BE Music and Entertainment
"One of the BEST kept secrets in the world of live performance today." - Michael Blanton, President - BE Music and Entertainment


Radio and Retail
"Every song is a gem and the musical diversity makes for very enjoyable listening all the way through!" - Radio and Retail

RootsTime
"Sophisticated arrangements and a very thoughtful, fresh approach."

Muzik Reviews
“5 Stars... this is the best album I've heard in 2013 and the competition isn't even close." - Doug Morrissey

Blues Revue
“Woody Russell has crafted a lovely collection of original blues and soul music… appealing guitar tones; his crisp, inventive lines blend funk and blues with Jeff Beck’s fearlessness.” – Tom Hyslop

Blues Matters (UK)
"There's a fine legacy of Texas blues and Woody Russell is well up there alongside many of his heroes... sounds like the work of a man whose life revolves around his music and he writes and plays well enough to put him well ahead of most of his peers." - Andy Snipper (UK)

Hyperactive
“A little taste of Americana, Salt is a poetic string of love and loss. With an ear for craftsmanship, this album successfully captures the roots-folk sound often lost in production.” - Dan Cummings

Blues Bytes
“Russell’s guitar work is exemplary and his vocals alternate between fiery and soulful… a strong composer with a unique perspective.” - Graham Clarke

High Bias
"Salt has the sound of a musician who has invested a lifetime in sharpening his playing." - Lance Looper


The Blues Report
“A very good musician, an exceptional singer and let’s not forget Woody’s songwriting that seals the deal for this total package artist.” - John Vermilyea

Chart Magazine (CAN)
“He's got some powerful, gut-emanating pipes, full of soul and deeply-felt conviction. He immediately drew attention with his intricate finger work. The packed crowd was roaring…eclectic and unique and worth more than the price of admission.” - Editor

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ABOUT

"TECHNICOLOR AMERICANA"

Critically acclaimed, award winning vocalist, guitarist and composer, 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 more recent and highly praised blues/soul release of Up Against It (2010) and 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 crisp production, a defined trajectory toward jazz is the prevailing tone on this album; perhaps more so than on any of his other releases. But again, he seamlessly integrates blues, rock and soul in to the mix creating his singular style that has been accurately dubbed, "Technicolor Americana". As a lyricist, Woody digs deep in to intimate narratives and is equally at home when addressing a broader social consciousness. And, like one of his primary influences, Van Morrison, he navigates the sounds of his words with a rhythmic precision and expression akin to a jazz improvisor. The end result in the case of Delicious Days is a lush, complex recording with a soul-jazz heart, created by a master craftsman and his superb band. 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. Those 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.

"TRANSCENDENT"
Woody takes to the road throughout Texas frequently, as well as select dates in the U.S. and Canada. His live performances, whether solo or with his full band, have been described as "transcendent" by KDRP radio personality, David Arnberger; engaging audiences through a sincere and "in the moment" connection to his music. He's shared billing with artists ranging from Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle and Paul Thorn 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 Russell 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”.


TELEVISION
Woody Russell was a prominently featured artist on Season One of the CW Network's, "Troubadour, TX"; airing weekly in over 20 million households nationwide from Sept. 2011 through Sept. 2012. He also toured as one of four artists chosen to represent the program.

The show has since shifted focus to the Texas country music scene exclusively. It has also been reformatted to a half-hour program. The TTX website will continue to host all videos and interviews from Season One. You can find many excerpts from WR's appearances on the program on the Video page of this site.
 
Episodes featuring his performances and story continue to be rebroadcast.

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