Russ has a unique sound that draws on traditional & contemporary folk /folk rock. His songwriting and vocal style have been compared to the troubadours of the 60's. Russ often performs with a band that varies in it's composition with instrumentation including, acoustic & electric guitars, fiddle, mandolin, piano, bass, drums, banjo and harmony vocals. Musical influences include Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, REM, U2, The Smiths, Indigo Girls & The Alarm and a healthy dose of punk. Russ began his music career as most do, in a high school garage band. It was a cross between U2 and Agent Orange. Russ sang lead vocals and played the drums. After high school and a two-year break from music Russ began to write again. He taught himself the guitar and began performing. In December 1995 Russ released his first album, A VOICE IN THE NIGHT. In July 1999 he released SIMPLE LIVES and in Oct 2000 released SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS. Having studied film directing in college Russ has worked for 9 years in the Television & Film industries in Los Angeles & Utah. Russ is currently a freelance Producer & Production Manager. Aside from songwriting & performing Russ loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, restoring old furniture and spending time with his family. Russ has been married for almost nine years and has three kids. He is originally from Las Vegas, NV.