Much anticipated new music from Woody Russell's new project
DARK HOUR RADIO
New Single this Fall
Album early 2022
Critically acclaimed, award-winning guitarist, vocalist and composer, Woody Russell, concerns himself with a certain aesthetic that is "inextricably tangled with a myriad of inspirations." With his Jazzicana brand of American roots music, both Woody's guitar playing - which Blues Revue likened to the "fearlessness" of legendary guitarist, Jeff Beck - and songwriting are equally informed by a cross-pollination of jazz, classic rhythm and blues and vintage country. "I'm equal parts guitar picker and crooner." It's a potent mix of twang, swagger and swing peppered with vivid lyricism and Woody's command of his honeyed baritone voice. His music feels lived in, experienced and a bit restless.
His origin story begins – more or less – with a kid in southwestern Montana, the FM dial and a borrowed classical guitar. All of this in place long before the working musician's grind which found him in Seattle clubs during the heyday of Grunge and, eventually, led him to a broader recognition and success in Austin. It's been a steady creative pulse which ultimately forged the artist now thousands of gigs in to his career. Woody continues to honor an ever-present spark of fascination with "guitars and song-craft", stoking the original flame while delivering new recordings released on his own CUTS Music Group label.
Russell has released a catalogue of diverse recorded work that spans from the early Americana infused fare of his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to the rootsy IMA "Album Of The Year" nominated, Salt (2005). Then there came a highly praised blues and soul album, Up Against It (2010), followed by the rich instrumental/orchestral collection, Big Sky (2012). Later releases offered up funky pop-jazz shades with Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016). A new album, Dark Hour Radio, is slated for release in early 2022 with the first single dropping late in 2021.
Woody Russell tours throughout North America at all manner of venues (clubs, house concerts, theaters) and major festivals, including the prestigious Newport Folk Festival. He's been a prominently featured artist on the CW Network's docu-reality show, "Troubadour, TX", a Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster Artist and a 2019 Austin Music Awards Poll Top Ten Songwriter.
"Any hard-won success I've managed to garner has happened without the support of a major label. I won't lie: there has been real pain and heartbreak associated with this life. But, I am a fiercely persistant believer in the game-changing force of this mysterious magic we call music."
Featured on the CW Network's Troubadour, TX