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Kevin Russell: Bio

Kevin Russell

Kevin Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He performs with a number of bay area bands including:

The Rhythm Rangers (blues, rock, Americana)

Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends (bluegrass/folk/swing)

Kevin Russell & Some Dangerous Friends (Americana rockabilly & classic country)

The Western Swing Caravan (Bob Wills style, honky-tonk & classic country)

Laughing Gravy (Americana & Gram Parsons Tribute)

In addition, he hosts Sonoma County music concerts by various touring musicians (including, Geoff Muldaur, Radney Foster, Jim Hurst, Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Mike Dowling & many others) and is the driving force behind The Sebastopol Guitar Festival, held in late January/early February. He has appeared as a sideman on 21 local recordings by songwriters & groups, has recorded five CD's with his various bands and has six CD's out under his name. His newest project, an all swing collection recalls the great western swing performers like Bob Wills, Merle Travis & others. It's called Country Swing, and came out in January 2016. He is a former DJ and writes CD reviews for the online website Freight Train Boogie. com. And, lastly, Kevin has performed as a side player for a number of local songwriters, including Michael Capella, Mark McLay, Teresa Tudury, Doug Jayne, Audrey Auld, Greg Abel, Greg Scherer, Amy McCarley & more.

Kevin has released a number of CD's in various bands, & under his own name.

These include:

Out Among the Stars -Modern Hicks [1999]

Tornado Alley - Modern Hicks [2001]

Under a Stormy Sky - Modern Hicks [2004]

You Don't Know Me - Kevin Russell [2002]

A Tribute to Gram Parsons - Laughing Gravy [2005]

Trouble in Mind - Kevin Russell [2005]

Not Out of the Woods Yet - The Rhythm Rangers [2007]

Live - Under the Radar [2006]

Beyond the Niche - Under the Radar [2009]

Pilgrim - Kevin Russell [2010]

There Ain't Nobody Home But Me - Kevin Russell [2010]

Plain Dirt Fashion [2014]

Country Swing [2016]

Kevin also contributed tracks to these compilation CD's:

Connections I [1996]

Freight Train Boogie [2000]

Connections II [2004]

The Covers Project [2015]

Kevin has also contributed as an instrumentalist to these other people's CD's:

The Ruminators “Wild West”

The Ruminators “Loomings”

Terry Pinnegar “Expeditions”

Kirk Keeler “Notes from the Underground”

Mark McLay “Just Glad to be Here”

Doug Jayne “Looks Like She’s going on a Trip”

Doug Jayne “Voice in the Wind”

Moss Henry “Autumn Rain”

Lisa Redfern “All is Bright”

Mark Beynon “At the Right Time”

Mark Beynon “Maybe”

Brian Gale “Deserted Country”

Danny Sorrentino “Lucky Buck & the Winners” 2008

Mark McLay & the Dustdevils “Love & Barbwire” 2008

Teresa Tudury's "Such Fine Things" 2009

Doug Jayne "Folk University"

Moss Henry "Roll the Bones"

check out Kevin's myspace page for the most recent updates: http://www.myspace.com/kevinrussell411

The Rhythm Rangers

The Rhythm Rangers is a seven piece band that covers the range of American roots music. Blues, rock, country, and western swing, are just some of the genres they play. “I think of us as America’s Jukebox,” says band leader Kevin Russell. We cover all the bases. If you want to dance, we're the band for you. We play family friendly music that'll put a smile on your face." Part of the success of the band is due to the many years experience of the band members. “We’ve all played in many, many bands and logged thousands of hours in the studio, doing live gigs and touring.” Our first CD,"Not Out of the Woods Yet", was released in July 2008, & features versions of songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Jon Randall, Tim O'Brien & others. Though we didn't win, this CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

One fan’s view: “Thank you Kevin and thank you Rhythm Rangers! What a wonderful fun danceable upbeat positive vibrant rockin' down home bluesy glorious funky sandal kickin' show you put on for those of us lucky enough to hear you last night. And I got your new CD! Thank you!” - Kim K.

The Rhythm Rangers are:

Kevin Russell- guitar & vocals

Rick Cutler-drums

Blair Hardman- bass

Kirby Pierce- keyboards

Cori Wood- vocals

Bobby Lee- pedal steel

Russ Gauthier- fiddle, mandolin, guitar

venues performed at include:

Sonoma County Fair

Apple Blossom Fair

Forestville Youth Park Celebration

KRSH backyard concerts

The Mystic

Ace Cider Pub

The Black Rose

Town Of Windsor Earth Day celebration

Highland Dell

Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Rancho Nicasio

Hopmonk Tavern

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival

Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends

Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends is a five piece band that plays an eclectic blend of acoustic music. Americana, or roots music, is a term given to music that meets at the intersection of blues, swing jazz, folk, country, bluegrass and even a little acoustic rock. And that exactly what we're up to. Our music is rooted in these genre's but with a modern sensibility. Using the typical bluegrass instrumentation of fiddle, mandolin, dobro, guitar, string bass and 5-string banjo we are as likely to do an Irving Berlin swing song from the 40's, or an old Ray Charles  R&B tune, as a hard driving Bill Monroe bluegrass number, or a classic Jimmie Rogers country song. We've even been known to sneak in the occational bluegrassified Beatles song! And when was the last time you heard a bluegrass reggae version of “Sitting Here in Limbo”?  In addition to creating lively new versions of old songs, So Called Friends also features engaging original compositions.  


Kevin Russell- guitar, resonator guitar, banjo & vocal
Markie Sanders -bass
Cori Wood-vocals
Ray Bierl - fiddle, guitar, vocals
Layne Bowen- mandolin, guitar & vocal

venues performed at:
Kate Wolf Music Festival- Laytonville

Ruth McGowans Brew Pub- Cloverdale
The Mystic-Petaluma
Sebastopol Center for the Arts-Casual Concert Series
Station House Café - Pt. Reyes
Lagunitas Brewing Company-Petaluma
Café Azul-Santa Rosa
Rancho Nicasio-Nicasio
Sausalito Arts Festival- Sausalito
Murphy's Irish Pub-Sonoma
The Black Rose- Santa Rosa
Ace Cider House-Sebastopol
Aqus Café- Petaluma
Saylors Restaurant- Sausalito
Hopmonk Tavern- Sebastopol & Sonoma
Papas Taverna- Petaluma
Bergamot Alley- Healdsburg

 

Laughing Gravy

Laughing Gravy is all about having fun playing music. Fronted by three vocalists & doing great original songs, as well as cool covers of our musical heros, we entertain ourselves as much as the audience! Good humor, good friends, good music. The band features: Allegra Broughton on guitar & vocals Doug Jayne on guitar & vocals Kevin Russell on guitar, 5-string banjo, resophonic guitar, mandolin & vocals Dean Wilson on guitar or bass & vocals Sam Page on bass & vocals Ron Stennit on keyboards Dan Ransford on drums & percussion, and Bobby Lee on pedal steel guitar. Our 2006 CD release, "A Tribute to Gram Parsons" was nominated for a Grammie!!

The Western Swing Caravan

The Western Swing Caravan, featuring Bobby Black, Blaine Sprouse, Markie Sanders, Cori Wood  & Michael Stadler. This is a totally fun group that leans pretty heavily into the Bob Wills/western swing catalog. Kind of a west coast Asleep at the Wheel feel. We don't have recordings available yet but what we do follows my recent CD, Country Swing, pretty closely. Think big band music with strings and an infectious dance beat that gets the body moving and puts a smile on your face.

You're, I'm sure, familiar with Bobby Black's work with Asleep at the Wheel/Commander Cody/New Riders of the Purple Sage and others. He's legendary among steel guitar players as a master of tone, timing and taste. And, he's a real nice guy.

Both Bobby and fiddle ace, Blaine Sprouse, also play in the bay area band Lost Weekend. Sprouse has played with all the heavy weights in bluegrass music from Bill Monroe to his current residence in Peter Rowan's bluegrass band. And is considered by many to be among the top fiddle players in the country.

Markie Sanders is a bay area resident with a long history of performance and recording with many of California’s most beloved performers. During her fourteen year tenure in Nashville she had numerous appearances on CMT television and the Grand Old Opry. Markie is a consumate musican, a sought after teacher and the musical heartbeat of the band.

Cori Wood is a singer equally comfortable in jazz, folk, swing or country music. She is often seen performing with local cowboy legend, Scott Gerber, and with various blues, country and jazz bands.  As both a soloist or back-up singer she brings a quality of warmth & authenticity to her performance. She is currently recording her first “solo” CD.

Michael Stadler is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed in numerous groups around the bay area for decades. Considered a musicians musician he is equally at home in country music, Celtic or western swing. And he is a powerful vocalist with a CD out that show cases his various talents on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and more.

Rick Cutler is the drummer’s drummer! In addition to playing with every important country, rock, & blues band in Sonoma County for the past three decades, his full time gig as a teacher means he has mentored literally hundreds of musician’s now playing in the county. His impeccable taste as a drummer, & exquisite timing, explain his moniker, “The Human Mentronome”!

Kevin Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and band leader.

The Western Swing Caravan is a collection of many of the bay area’s finest musician’s. Like Duke Ellington, the WSC believe there’s only two kinds of music: good and bad. And they play the good kind(s). Specifically: western swing, classic country, honky-tonk and country jazz! Drawing from a wealth of American favorites like Bob Wills, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Hank Thompson and more, they always manage to make covers their own and create music that will have you dancing or listening with great enthusiasm! This is music that recalls the unique country music stylings that came out of Bakersfield California, the rough and tumble side of Nashville’s glory years  and the Texas honky-tonks that merged big band swing with fiddle tunes and cowboy swagger!


Kevin Russell & Some Dangerous Friends

 

Kevin Russell and Some Dangerous Friends

Rockabilly & hard core real deal country music, dipped in the blues.

Gram Parsons and Merle Haggard get into a car with John Hiatt and Ry Cooder, crank up the radio & country-rock it all the way home! From tear jerkin’ country ballads that’ll touch your heart to two-steppin’ country boogie urging you to dance!

 

Steve Della Maggiora– keyboard, guitar, jokes

Markie Sanders– bass, vocals, impeccable timing

Rick Cutler– drums, fancy shirts, the human metronome

Kevin Russell– guitar, vocals, set list maker

Sean Allen– amazing guitar pyrotechnics

Maria Nguyen– lead & harmony vocals, authentic country girl

   and with occasional friends

Doug Adamz– fiddle, harmonica, guitar, vocals

Bobby Black– steel guitar & infectious grin

 

Markie Sanders is a bay area resident with a long history of performance and recording with many of California’s most beloved performers. During her fourteen year tenure in Nashville she had numerous appearances on CMT television and the Grand Old Opry. Markie is a consumate musican, a sought after teacher and the musical heartbeat of the band.

 

Rick Cutler is the drummer’s drummer! In addition to playing with every important country, rock, & blues band in Sonoma County for the past three decades, his full time gig as a teacher means he has mentored literally hundreds of musician’s now playing in the county. His impeccable taste as a drummer, & exquisite timing, explain his moniker, “The Human Mentronome”!

 

Steve Della Maggiora (aka “The Maestro of Fun”) is a multi-instrumental, multi-talented musician. He plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, and accordion. He sometimes plays solo. He sometimes accompanies singers, in a variety of styles, especially melodic tunes from before the 20s and 30s right up through the 60s and 70s. Steve plays with a variety of groups: bass in a pop-folk-novelty duo; guitar with a classical and jazz violinist; organ, bass or guitar with a fine rock band; organ with an electric blues band; accordion, keyboards, guitar and sings with an Americana-Rock-Folk ensemble; plays guitar and sings with a blues/bluegrass/Django-ish quartet; plays guitar or accordion with a Mexican-American dance group; and guitar with a highly skilled Cool Jazz Octet.

 

Kevin Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He performs regularly in the rockin’ blues band, The Rhythm Rangers and with the bluegrass-ish group, Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends. In addition, he is the driving force behind The Sebastopol Guitar Festival, held in early February and the Sebastopol Folk & Bluegrass Festival held in mid-March. He has appeared as a sideman on 21 local recordings by songwriters & groups, has recorded five CD's with his various bands and has five CD's out under his name. His newest project, an all swing music collection is called Country Swing and was released in January 2016.  He is a former DJ and writes CD reviews for the online website Freight Train Boogie. com. And, lastly, Kevin has performed as a side player for a number of local songwriters, including Michael Capella, Mark McLay, Teresa Tudury, Doug Jayne, Audrey Auld, Terry Pinnegar, Greg Abel, Greg Scherer, Amy McCarley & more.

 

Sean Allen is a music teacher, multi-instrumentalist and everybody’s favorite guitar & lap steel guitar player! A featured guitar slinger in many of the bay area’s best bands, his day job is teaching and inspiring students toward a creative musical life. At night he can be found playing at many of the bay areas most well known music venues blowing everyone’s mind with his tastefull, lightning fast guitar work.

 

Maria Nguyen is an amazing old school country singing chartreuse. Lead and harmony vocals areadmirably done by Maria when she has time off from her own classic country band, Twang Ditty!In addition, she brings her gorgeous voice and infectious smile to the mix! Close your eyes and you might think the radio playing Loretta Lynn or Patsy Cline!

Bobby Black is legendary for his work with Asleep at the Wheel/Commander Cody/New Riders of the Purple Sage and others. He's legendary among steel guitar players as a master of tone, timing and taste. And, he's a real nice guy.

More about Bobby here: http://www.vintageguitar.com/12628/bobby-black/

Doug Adamz    is a dazzling guitar player, a soulful singer, and an outrageous harmonica player.  Add the insightful poetry of his lyrics and his terrific sense of humor, Doug puts on a show you’ll never forget.  Some of his songs are engaging stories, some are reflective and philosophical, sometimes he just gets down with the blues.

Doug Adamz has recorded five albums of original, instrumental music and three albums of his songs.  His compositions have been used by The Joffrey and other ballet companies, featured in a film by Robert Altman (The Company), heard in a PBS documentary soundtrack (Jim Thorpe, World's Greatest Athlete) and in two Spanish television series.  The Kronos Quartet commissioned Doug to write several short pieces and Stevie Coyle and Dr. Elmo have recorded and released some of Doug’s songs on their albums.  He’s performed with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, and many finger-style illuminaries like Stevie Coyle and Doug Young and opened for many stars including Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jesse Colin Young, Leo Kotke, David Lindley, Dottie West, The Chambers Brothers, Steppenwolf, Johnny Rivers and Johnny Lee.