Jacob Russo

Jacob Russo

 Denver, Colorado, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

Jacob Russo is a young songwriter who uses anything at his disposal to create brilliant home-recordings of his unique original songs. In both recording and performance, Jacob is a solo artist, playing and arranging anything you may hear.

Biography

Jacob Russo hails from the acoustic corn fields of Western Colorado, but has since embraced the atmosphere of life in the city in his recent home of Denver. Although he calls the Front Range home, musical explorations have taken him far and wide, helping craft his unique blend of rustic indie-folk. These experiences forged melodic stylings, bringing to mind soft-focus sunsets and felt-tipped sensibilities. Jacob's live performances are tinged with a sort of hopeless honesty found only in the most genuine of folk musicians.

"If you don't want to feel the wind on your face, be at a Baptist church on Sunday morning, or be transported back to a time when all was innocence and possibility you probably don't want to listen to Jacob Russo."
-Peter Himmelman

Jacob has shared the bill with folk artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov, SHEL and Caleb Hawley. He is a fixture of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, having participated in the Songschool for a number of years. Notable venues such as the Boulder Theater and Belly Up Aspen have hosted his musical performances. Music from his 2011 release "Start Again Somewhere" was used in "where the Yellowstone Goes", an environmentally-conscious documentary by visionary filmmaker Hunter Weeks. Jacob currently lives and records in a basement apartment on Capitol Hill, spending his days composing clever ditties from inside jokes and moth-eaten references to modern culture.

Lyrics

A Happier Note

Written By: Jacob Russo

Sing me a song with the words in your eyes
Where the melody breaks with the stars in the skies
And the starts in the sky are singin’ sweet lullabies
That no one can hear but me

Write me a tune with the dirt on the ground
That will open up the sky for the birds to fly around
And the birds that fly around will beat their wings to the sound
Of the song that I hear you sing

Words come and words they go
And all of these songs may die
But when the world is calling for a happier note
The music will reply

That is why I stand with this lonely guitar
And a microphone in front, playin’ songs in a bar
But playin’ songs in a bar can show how happy you are
If everybody starts to sing

Words come and words they go
And all of these songs may die
But when the world is calling for a happier note
The music will reply
Oh and when the world is calling for a happier note…
The music will reply

Start Again Somewhere

Written By: Jacob Russo

It will be so long
But I won't miss no one
Because I'm goin' far away this time
And I'll never be the same

I may write sometimes
You know I wouldn't want my mama to cry
And I love my friends into their graves
But I'll never be the same

I've spent enough time tryin'
To live, right here
And I won't forget one thing
But I'll start again somewhere

So I'll leave any messes back here
I may be a little anxious, but I'm not quite scared
Because I'll wake so unfamiliar but I'll find my way
And I'll never be the same

I've spent enough time tryin'
To live, right here
And I've waited all my life
To start again somewhere

Old Luck

Written By: Jacob Russo

What's in me
Aside from a mild anxiety
I'm wishin' that time would slow its beat
For a minute or two

Start it up
He hasn't awoke from the bed of his truck
He's been conquered and broke by the worst of his luck
And too drunk to move

I had some old luck
That I'd locked up for times that I'd need
And if I stumble upon its location
I could be safe for a moment at least

Know that love
Is less like a feeling and more like a drug
And I think it's my favorite, I can't get enough
When the world doesn't move

I had some old luck
That I kept for the times that I'd need
And maybe I'd find it if I got denied
This sweet lady to hide it from me
When i'm finding a truck just to sleep

You can't count on luck for a thing...

Discography

Start Again Somewhere (February 2011)