Guitarist, singer, and songwriter based out of Northern California. A performing and recording artist showcasing original blues, roots rock'n'roll, and hints of Americana.
Michael Russell's stone cold blues guitar licks, old school rock 'n' roll energy, and timeless songwriting style make him and the Michael Russell Trio a refreshing addition to the California blues and roots rock scene.
Since Russell's debut album, 'Six Strings Away', was released in Oct. 2017, The Michael Russell Trio has been covering a lot of ground; performing in dozens of towns/cities from Lake Tahoe to San Luis Obispo, the Bay Area to the foothills, and throughout much of the California valley. Russell's latest release from July 2019, 'Electric Blue Dream', has propelled the Trio even further into the scene with opening act positions for bands like The Stones Foxes, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Dip, and many more.
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Behind The Scenes
In addition to co-producing and co-engineering both his albums'Six Strings Away' and 'Electric Blue Dream' , Russell has also produced many other works and has played extensively as a touring/concert session guitarist.
Michael Russell has performed as a session guitarist for many Northern California based acts including Chad Bushnell, The Lolos (Bass Guitar), Erin Haley and Firefly, and many more.
Russell co-wrote and produced Dakota Cree's self titled EP in 2015; as well as having arranged and produced the Erin Haley and Firefly self titled EP in 2016.
The Russell Turner Ward and Big Chico Creek were also groups founded by Michael Russell as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. In 2016, Michael Russell co-wrote and produced a full length album, 'R.T.W.', by The Russell Turner Ward. Previous band-mates Seamus Turner and Nate Ward currently perform with the So-Cal psych/surf rock group, Pacific Range; and previous band mate of Dakota Cree, Clay Finch, is currently touring with the So-Cal duo Mapache.