Braden Russom
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Braden Russom

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Sketches - Demo Released January, 2002
Live @ The Firkin and Fox - Live Demo, Released Sept. 2006
The Careful E.P. - E.P. Released January, 2007



I started writing music when I was about 17 and have continued in binges since then. My early influences came from Thom Yorke of Radiohead, and you can still hear his influence in the way I sing. Lyrically my major influences are Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens, and poets like Tony Hoagland and Billy Collins.

My music seems to be widely appealing. I have fans from age 17 to upwards of 60 years old. I seem to resonate well with Emo fans (which is rather surprising to me), singer/songwriter buffs (which is a much more obvious niche for me) and your general adult-alternative listener.

There are a couple major things that set me apart from a lot of songwriters. The first is that I'm very comfortable in front of a crowd. My music is fairly serious, but I realize the importance of providing entertainment as well as songs. I like to play with my audience a bit and make sure that they're involved.

The other major thing that sets me apart from a lot of songwriters is that I am excellent at expressing my thoughts clearly. This makes what I hope to be universal lyrics that much easier to get into. I like to make sure that my lyrics are not only relevant to my audience, but that they don't need a dictionary to get what I'm saying.

And that, my friends, is my story.