The new album, Delicious Days


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

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NEWS

WR Trio Heads East In September 

AUG 23 2014

WR and his trio featuring talented young pianist, Bryce Powell and harmonica ace, Jose Ruiz will perform at house concerts and listening rooms in MD, VA, WV and DC between September 10-14. They'll also be in Baton Rouge, LA for a concert at The Red Dragon on the 18th. It's been several years since WR has toured east, so check the tour schedule and mark your calendars! Most concerts require an RSVP to reserve seats. See the Calendar page for more details.

WR and harmonica ace, Jose Ruiz Launch "BluzSkool" 

May 22 2014

The brainchild of two Austin, Texas based professional musicians - harmonica player and composer, Jose Ruiz, and vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell - BluzSkool is the moniker of a their performance program which brings a fun, dynamic and interactive musical "clinic" to elementary and middle school aged children in often under-served communities. Jose and Woody have actually presented variations of the program for several years in different settings ranging from community centers to school cafeteria/auditoriums, but now an official home exists for BluzSkool on the internet at www.bluzskool.com. 

Jose and Woody encourage an exploration of music that begins with simple lessons on the harmonica. But, BluzSkool propels beyond that harmonica lesson to include on-stage participation, singing, dancing and and a highly charged improvisational performance atmosphere that helps develop self confidence, as well as, the courage to be creative and to "think outside the box". It is the goal of Jose and Woody to help inspire a love of creative expression, be it musical or otherwise.

WR's Monthly Residency at Brass House Begins In May 

APR 21 2014

Woody and band return to Brass House for his monthly residency every second Friday of the month. This is a great venue to catch this band in action in downtown Austin, a beautiful room with great sound and upscale atmosphere. Also, WR will be presenting a lot of new songs over the next several months, so it's a great opportunity to hear some new music being unveiled.

www.brasshouseaustin.net

WR On The Cover of RockStar Magazine's March Issue 

MAR 3 2014

March is big music madness in Austin with SxSW happening in just over a week from this post. WR landed the cover and feature article in RockStar Magazine for their March issue due to hit news stands on 3/6. You can read it online here. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"I’m very fortunate to be able to keep doing this work and to have an incredible band, dedicated fans and a very supportive family. Like raising a child, it’s takes a village to pull off this kind of career with any level of success and I’m grateful every day for the support from all involved. Again, my name may be on the marquee, but it’s never just a one man show." 

Woody and band will also be performing at Rockstar Magazine's SxES Music Fest at El Leon's on March 11th at 10:30pm following a superb blues/R&B lineup that night featuring Jackie Venson, Andy McIntyre and Chris Casteneda.

 
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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

"A TOTAL ARTIST PACKAGE."

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. 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 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.

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”.
 

TELEVISION

Woody Russell was a featured artist on Season One of the television series, "Troubadour, TX"; a weekly, hour long "docu-reality" following the lives of several Texas musicians on the road and at home. The program aired on the CW Network across the US in over 20 million homes. 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.


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