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.