Trials of Life
Born in Maine,in 1949. Played rock and roll in through high school. Became interested in country music,at about 16 yrs old. Met the Maine ledend,'dick curless' at age 16,and remained friends with him until his death in may of 1995. At age 16,russ turned his talents to country music,but still played rock and roll for the money. Country music now took up most of his time,as he honed his skills,taking styles from the great merle haggard,dick curless,and waylon jennings. Russ has played through out the state of Maine,was made a pioneer of Maine country music in 1999,by performing on the 'Maine country music pioneer show' held each year in Augusta,Maine. The legendary 'rusty rogers' said of russ'he sounds, and reminds me, of one of the son's of the pioneers'. although at 6' 3' and 240 lbs. Russ is somewhat of a shy person,he prefers to be out in the country,as opposed to the city. He likes to go out and listen to friends perform,have friends over for coffee,and just sit back and relax.