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From intimate House Concerts to the prestigious festivals, Woody Russell delivers world-class talent for your concert event.
 

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Highlights

2023 Release, Essentials (Ltd Edition Compilation Album)

2023 Release, This Is Son Solitaire (EP + Video)

2023 Release, Big Sky: Remastered Edition (Album, remastered release)

2020 Release, Still Wilson (6 Single+Video project)

2019 Top 10 Austin Music Awards Poll - Songwriter Category  

2017-Current Swan Songs Artist and Spokesperson *read more about Swan Songs 

2016-18 Texas Commission On The Arts Touring Roster Official Artist  

2016 Finalist - USA Songwriting Competition  

2016 Listening Room Festival Featured Artist  

2016 Release, Carry It Up (Album, with successful Pledge Music campaign) 

2015 Finalist - International Acoustic Music Awards  

2014 Release, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear + Go Tell It on The Mountain (Holiday Singles)

2014 Honorable Mention - International Songwriting Competition  

2013 Recipient of the Bugle Boy “Founder’s Choice Talent Trust Award”

2013 Release, Delicious Days (Album + Video with successful Kickstarter campaign)

2012 Release, Big Sky (Album)

2012 Co-founder of BluzSkool, an interactive live program that encourages "Creative Courage" through musical improvisation with elementary aged children (booked at rural schools throughout Texas)  

2011-12 Television: Prominently featured artist on the debut season (Sept ’11 – Sept ’12) of “Troubadour, TX”, a nationally syndicated docu-reality show that aired weekly on the CW Network in over 20 million homes 

2011 Release, The Skin I'm In (Single) 

2010 Release, Up Against It (Album, received substantial critical praise in national and international press (see press buzz below)  

2005 Release, Salt (Album, nominated for an IMA “Album Of The Year”)

2001 Release, Time To Go (Album)

1998 Release, A Thousand One-Eighties (Album)

1996 Release, As Simple As That (Album, debut) 


Continuous: Tours throughout North America at all manner of venues (clubs, house concerts, theaters) as well as major festivals (Newport Folk, NxNE, SxSW, Winterfolk, Folk Alliance, Kerrville, Sisters, Houston Int’l, Tall City Blues, & more)  

Hospice Concerts:
Woody Russell works with Austin based organization, Swan Songs, to perform end of life concert requests. "These concerts are intimately powerful experiences as a performer; emotionally charged and deeply meaningful for the families, recipients and myself as an artist AND a human being. I have a great organization to thank for this connection, Swan Songs."  (read more)

  • 200+ perfomances per year (includes gigs as a guest guitarist for other artists)
     
  • Solo - Quintet performances
     
  • Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Post-Punk, Art-Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz, AOR/AAA
     
  • Label | Publishing: CUTS Music Group
     
  • Location: Austin, Texas USA
     
  • Corporate and Private Events
     
  • House Concerts, Festivals, Clubs, Listening Rooms
     
  • Songwriting Masterclasses 
     
  • Producer

On Record

Woody Russell has released a catalogue of diverse recordings, or "variations", as he refers to it. The variations are, by his measure, "something akin to completely different indentities. Admittedly, the details delineating my work, that is, one project seperate from another, are a bit hazy.

After striking out on his own following the earliest bands of his career, his "solo" recordings begin with the folk and blues infused fare of his debut, As Simple As That (1996). A Thousand One-Eighties (1998) and Time To Go (2001) were two subsequent trio releases while still based in Seattle. After relocating to Austin, Russell followed up with a new band and the Americana leaning, IMA "Album Of The Year" nominated, Salt (2005). His successful blues and soul album, Up Against It (2010), found an audience via blues specific radio programs and wide critical praise in national and international blues press. Though that recording was a notable departure from Woody's previous releases, he considers his first major variation to be the rich instrumental/orchestral/jazz project, Big Sky  (2012, subsequently remastered for a 2023 re-release). Successive albums offered up the funkier pop-jazz and adult-rock hues of Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016). A second variation, Russell's self-described "pandemic lockdown project"Still Wilson (2020), highlights trumpeter, John Spears, and offers an ambitious pairing of videos with each of the six singles. 2023 saw the release of a 3-song EP project recorded between late 2020 through mid-'21, This Is Son Solitaire (2023), which has also garnered very high marks from reviewers. Son Solitaire is another of Russell's variations that he considers an “individual artistic identity” presenting an intricate art-rock/post-punk sound, of which The Hollywood Digest said, “…aspires to more than mere entertainment.” A final entry in 2023 was the limited edition compilation, Essentials, featuring curated tracks off every release between Salt and Big Sky - Remastered Edition albums. 

He is currently recording new music for release in 2024.