Live Band Tonight
On Live Band Tonight, Claudia Russell demonstrates the energy and excitement of her live shows with her unique blend of folk, blues, country, pop and traditional music. Russell has as expressive voice that is as much at home on a whispery ballad as a full-tilt Buddy Holly-styled romp. Her songs deal with the classic themes of songwriting: love, longing and loss - in a distinctive voice. And she is unafraid to tackle the songs of others, often yielding unexpected and new results from well-known songs. Sing Out magazine said 'Russell has a voice that is superior to most in the crowded field of singer songwriters.' Her first two CDs, Song Food and Ready To Receive earned Russell spots at the Kerrville Folk Festiaval, the Boston Folk Festival and premier folk stages across the country. "Watching Russell and her Folk Unlimited Orchestra is like taking a cross-country trip in a gleaming Airstream trailer, traversing the vast American landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way. The band might kick off with some So Cal style Folk Rock, head south for some accordion fueled border town folk, travel onto Buddy Holly's Lubbock Texas for some retro rock, then sweat their way through some hot Louisiana cajun, head up into Nashville county, and make their way into Kentucky for a Bluegrass run. Then it's onto a pit stop for some St. Louis Blues and beeline to New England for some sincere singer songwriter folk. Lesser singers might stumble, or sound fake and uninspired. But Russell and her band possess an uncanny ability to get behind each song and make it their own, so the segues sound natural and the changes in style work to reveal different sides of a strong musical personality."