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Woody Russell hits the mark with his “Technicolor Americana”; where blues, soul, jazz and country mingle warmly on the scene. A highly-tuned and versatile voice, sparkling finger-style guitar playing and adventurous lyricism place Russell in a class of his own. The result is a brilliant CD garnering an "Album of the Year" IMA nomination for '06 that is "a proof point in support of his blossoming career."
Touring throughout North America, he continues to be a featured artist at major festivals including Newport, SXSW, Winterfolk, Houston Int'l and Sisters Folk Festivals. He has also showcased at NXNE and the Nashville New Music Conference, among others. Woody Russell was one of the Top 5 New Talent Finalists of 2004 at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival; the only finalist to receive a coveted invitation to perform at Newport in 2005 alongside a lineup that included Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and Emmylou Harris. The Newport Daily News regarded Russell as an "audience favorite."
writing and recording songs for his latest CD, "Salt", Woody continued
to hone his trademark sound. With dedication to craftsmanship, his songs are
distilled from a potent blend of diverse musical ingredients. He states that
he tries "not to lean too hard on the obvious. Which, for me," Russell
continues, "means searching for a genuine voice in my work and not
delivering more recycled, unimaginative grist for the mill."
Woody's songs catalogue a view of the human experience that is populated with the forgotten, the victorious, the lovers and the heartbroken. Yet, even his darkest songs are tinged with hope and gentle humor. He writes of a social consciousness. He explores the philosophical. Occasionally, he admits to being a helpless romantic. In choosing to up the musical ante, Woody Russell embraces the chance to create compelling, well penned magic.
In addition to his commercially released CD's, Woody's songs have been used in independent film, public television programs and both TV and radio commercials. Educational and children's multimedia projects also feature his work. He is equally sought out by other artists and companies for his "sonic stylings" as a recording engineer and producer. Woody Russell is based in Austin, Texas.
Danny Bennett - steel
Tom Benton - upright bass
Doug Marcis - drums
Steve Miller - tenor and soprano sax
Megan Melara - vocals
Showcasing artist at:
Newport Folk Festival
Houston Int'l Festival
Sister's Folk Festival
Kerrville Folk Festival
Nashville New Music Conference
Red River Americana Festival
Northwest Folklife Festival
Featured artist on:
KGSR 107.1-"Sound Of Our Town" in studio
KUT 90.5-"Eklektikos" in studio
KENS 5 "Great Day S.A."
FOX 7 Morning News
KEYE Morning News
Puget Sounds TV
Northwest Music Scene
"Salt" Nominated for "Album of the Year" - 2006 Independent Music Awards
"Editor's Choice Top 50" CD releases for 2006 at Kweevak.com
Finalist - International Acoustic Music Awards
Finalist 1st Alternate '06 / Honorable Mention '05 - Rocky Mountain Folk Festival songwriting contest
Finalist - Apple and Eve Newport Folk Festival Talent Search
Finalist - Indie Start-Up (Toronto, Canada)
Honorable Mention - Red River Song Contest for "One Too Many, One Too Far"
AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA
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