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"Denver-esque" - Salida, Colorado


"It's nice to hear good music, doesn't matter what the style, and you Russ, along with your mature lyrics, make it" - London, UK


"A nice change, your music can really make the listener think..." - "Illusions of Grandeur" with Mitch Winston


"Wooden music played to the highest level of brilliance. Russ pours out his heart to his Berkeley Girl who if she heard this would have come back more than one time for sure. Russ’ brand of folk is contemporary as well as well-crafted. Another act that must captivate his audiences." - London, UK


"Russ tells a story which unless you listen carefully is lost in the silvery harmonies and jingle jangle. He talks of 90 Miles Down, a place I aim to avoid when I’m in Texas. This is a great track, no more to add." - London, UK


"Wow!...very poetic...fantastic tribute to John Denver..." - Long Island, NY


"Engaging, catchy, contemporary folk originals. Skillful guitar and winning harmonies from this local Russ Michaels Band quartet." - San Francisco, CA


Discography

*Blue-Eyed Harvest © 2004

"berkeley girl"
"i'm alone"
"old man, young man"
"when the poet died"

*Internet radio airplay, North American college radio, US AM Radio, European Satellite Radio:

**People © 2005

"ninety miles down"
"beautiful"
"Jimmy's"

**streaming airplay @ CDbaby.com; Downloads.com; Rhapsody.com

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Nashville songwriter, Russ Michaels, has released two solo-acoustic albums under Schmidtberger Records (Blue-Eyed Harvest © 2004 *Internet radio airplay, North American college radio, US AM Radio, European Satellite Radio/ & People © 2005 *streaming airplay @ CDbaby.com; Downloads.com; Rhapsody.com; and fund-raiser for the ONE.org campaign & People to People International); Performed in-between and on both coasts from New York City (CBGBs Gallery, Paul Colby's THE BITTER END, the LION'S DEN, PETE'S CANDY STORE, the ACME UNDERGROUND, the LIVING ROOM, the VILLAGE UNDERGROUND, The TRIAD LOUNGE, and Fast Folk's offspring SUN MUSIC COMPANY) to San Francisco (the HOTEL UTAH, DELORES PARK CAFE, and SAN FRANCISCO FOLK FESTIVAL) ...he's shared the stage with the up and coming Atlanta folk-duo, ARLINGTON PRIEST; pop singer, GAVIN DEGRAW; Newport Folk Festival Winner, GREG ALEXANDER; Contender Record's soulful-sounding and passionate vocal artist, AILEEN MORGAN; singer/songwriter ANDY BROWN; New York's funkiest-new-talent-hidden rock band, I LIKE ORANGE; singer/co-songwriter, KENT JAMES; co-songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, NICK McLAIN of San Francisco's alternative folk-rock band, SLOW REVOLT; and Austin, Texas' up and coming singer/songwriter, JOANNA BARBERA; He was the featured artist at the 6th Annual John Denver Tribute Concert in Salida, Colorado... sharing the stage with one of the Rockies' best kept secrets and personalities in songwriting, KEEPER of the music; In recent years, he was selected as a talent-showcase-artist for the DURANGO SONG Songwriter's Expo in Telluride, Colorado... Ultimately, this invaluable experience which played host to some of Music Row's most influential publishers & songwriters (Jeffrey Steele, Walt Aldridge, Tony Lane, Lee Roy Parnell, Gary Baker, Tia Sillers and Mark Selby) gave russ the courage and confidence to re-locate to Tennessee's Music Row and build on his young craft of country, alternative-folk, and religious songwriting/co-writing. He currently is a participant and member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the West Coast Songwriters, and performing right's organization, BMI.