Guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals, sound tech, roadie. A little of this, a little of that.
Russell began playing guitar at the age of 13, and that was a loooonnnggg time ago. He’s essentially self-taught, but has put in a lifetime hanging around with people who are smarter and play better that he does. He’s taken banjo lessons, but quit because he’s a slow learner. He’s still got his day job in marketing for a large Richmond Episcopal church.
He’s loved music since before he could walk, and started writing poetry before puberty. When he discovered that playing the guitar held the attention of young women, he started writing songs, which combine poetry with a melody. He’s got a sizable catalog of originals, and has issued three self-produced CDs, “Home Cookin“, “New and Improved and “Wait! There’s More!” If you ask nicely, he may give you a copy.
Many, many years ago, Russell started recording music with his friends on Dad’s old reel to reel tape recorders. Next came cassette recordings, then multitracking when Russell’s darling wife, Katherine, gave him a little 4-track cassette unit. Now, he’s got a neat little 8-track mixer and a big hard drive on his personal computer, and that’s where he conducts his musical experiments, out in the garage at his house in Richmond. But his earliest recordings were made in his teenage bedroom, on the third floor of his parents’ home, so he calls his studio 3rd Floor Productions. His work is regularly improved by his great friend, co-writer and producer, Josh Jones, who live and records in Fincastle, VA.