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

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  • Solo - Quintet
  • Genre: American roots music WR refers to as "Jazzicana" -  Classic Rhythm & Blues, Honky-Tonk, Jazz, Rockabilly, Soul (performs original songs and select covers)
  • Label | Publishing: CUTS Music Group
  • Location: Austin, Texas USA
  • Corporate and Private Events: Yes

2019 Top 10 Austin Music Awards Poll - Songwriter Category  

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)  

2017-18 Swan Songs Artist and Spokesperson  

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

2016 Finalist - USA Songwriting Competition  

2016 Listening Room Festival Featured Artist  

2016 Release of Carry It Up with successful Pledge Music campaign  

2015 Finalist - International Acoustic Music Awards  

2014 Honorable Mention - International Songwriting Competition  

2013 recipient of the Bugle Boy “Founder’s Choice Talent Trust Award” (Kat Edmonson, 2011 / John Fullbright, 2012).  

2013 Successfully funded release of Delicious Days and subsequent video through Kickstarter  

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  

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

2006 release Salt,  nominated for an IMA “Album Of The Year”


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"He immediately drew attention with his intricate finger work. The packed crowd was roaring in the tiny venue... eclectic and unique and worth more than the price of admission." - Chart Magazine

"Woody Russell's musicianship and vocal delivery are second to none... a very good musican, an exceptional singer and let's not forget his songwriting which seals the deal for the this total artist package."  - The Blues Report

"One of the most interesting musical cities in the world, especially where we're concerned, is Austin, Texas. And again, they have a promising talent and that's Woody Russell."
- Roots Time 

"If you’re looking for the kind of music and artistry that won’t let up, even after being shifted by the constant bombardment of today’s unrelenting flurry of continuous releases, then pack your bags and follow me. Woody Russell is the consummate singer/songwriter, and one of the most believable lyricists and storytellers I’ve heard in quite some time....  packs a wallop of pop-infused jazz, soul and rock flavorings that will send you on an unforgettable expedition through fascinating hues of ingenious songwriting."  - Jazz Quarterly

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