…Singer, Songwriter, Journalist, and Composer


BR releases first episode of “Curtain Call” web series

Very excited to share with you the first episode of a new web series called “Curtain Call: Historic Theaters of the Eastern Shore.”

In the first episode, we meet the fine folks at the North Street Playhouse in Onancock, VA who are trying to keep the arts alive in the small rural community.

Enjoy the first episode, and know that I’m planning trips to many other theaters throughout the coastal region…from Delaware, to MD, to VA.

New Site Design Coming Soon!

We are under construction to build up a new site that is easier to use, and incorporates video and audio.  I believe the web people call it a more “dynamic Internet presence”, so please be patient with finding shows and information.

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for more information, and check out the trailer for a new web series I’m developing.

BR to perform at 9:30 Club in Washington DC

It’s a benchmark for any songwriter or musician…..and it’s one of the most iconic clubs in the world, so it’s with supreme excitement that I can announce that I’ll be playing the 9:30 Club in Washington DC on January 8th 2015 with the 9 Songwriter Series, which you can learn all about here: http://www.wearethe9.com930club

Doors are at 7pm and show is at 8pm.  Tickets are $15.

The lineup includes myself and:

Justin Trawick
The Sweater Set
Margot MacDonald
Lauren Calve
Shane Gamble
Jason Masi
Cash & Earle
Jamie McLean (Dirty Dozen Brass Band)

Tickets for the event are here: http://www.930.com/event/724487-9-songwriter-series-washington/

BR coming back to Philly!

Join me on Saturday, Dec 6th, as I’ll be heading back to Philadelphia to the Grape Room in Manayunk to open for my good friend Paul Keen at his CD release show.

show starts at 8pm and I can’t tell you how excited I am to come back to the room where I first played original music live in front of an audience in the city of brotherly live.  I’ll be performing solo with the stompbox.

Get your tickets here: http://m.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5486555


And in other news, we have received word that due to illness, blues legend James Cotton has been forced to cancel this leg of his tour, and that unfortunately includes our scheduled show with him on Dec 9 in Wilmington.

We will let you know if and when it’s rescheduled, and in the interim, we wish Cotton a quick and speedy recovery.

paul keen show poster

Opening for Blues legend James Cotton in December

BR and the Tragic Figures will be opening for blues legend James Cotton at the World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, December 9th.

The all ages show starts at 8pm and tickets start at $27

get your tickets here!


James Cotton

Also, we are pleased to announce that we’ll be back at Bethany Blues in Lewes, DE on November 1st at 8:30pm


Hope to see you at the show!

BR and the Tragic Figures w. Low Cut Connie and DBMC

BR and the Tragic Figures will be back on stage with the boys from Low Cut Connie Monday, September 15th at Fager’s Island in Ocean City, MD.

You don’t want to miss this show…it all kicks off at 9pm.bryanrusso_lowcutconnie_poster_JPG


BR and the Tragic Figures will be back at the Dewey Beach Music Conference on Saturday, September 20th at the Bottle and Cork at 8:30pm.

Dozens of topnotch acts from around the globe will feature at this festival, including Vintage Trouble.

Click to http://www.deweybeachfest.com/dbmc/ for a list of all the bands.

BR and the Tragic Figures at the Rockabilly Rumble

It’s been a great year so far for us…great crowds, positive momentum, the EP “Here For the Show” has been well received, and we’ve played alongside some great national acts including Marc Broussard, Lucero, and the Dean Ween Group.

But this upcoming show could be the show of the summer!rumble poster

We are so excited to be apart of the Rockabilly Rumble once again this year.

I played it solo last year alongside J Roddy Walston and the Business, Low Cut Connie and many others.

This year, we’re taking the whole band up the coast to the World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware.

Check out the poster for the lineup, and click to www.rockabillyrumble.com for ticketing info.

We play at 5:25pm inside the Queen (upstairs live stage).

Hope to see you at the Rumble!!!!!

BR hosts Tuesday Nite Music Club (begins 7/8)


I will be hosting the “Tuesday Nite Music Club” at Fager’s Island in Ocean City, MD beginning July 8th and it will run each Tuesday thereafter through the end of August.

So, if you are keeping score, that’s 8 weeks, 8 artists, and 8 fantastic evenings of music.

Learn about each of the fantastically talented folks who will be featuring here: http://fagers.com/events/tnmc/

And don’t forget, me and the Tragic Figures will be opening for the Dean Ween Group, and Marc Broussard in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you out there at a show!


Shows with Dean Ween Group and Marc Broussard in JULY


From the big announcement department: me and the Tragic Figures will be sharing the stage with the Dean Ween Group (of the band Ween) and Marc Broussard at the Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach, DE on July 10th and July 21st respectively.

We are super jazzed about this turn of events.

Get your tickets below….and we’ll see you in the front row!

Dean Wean Group w/ BR and the Tragic Figures show: July 10th http://www.deweybeachlife.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=21970&typeID=307

Marc Broussard w/ BR and the Tragic Figures show: July 21st

“Here For the Show” EP is Out Now!

sticker - HFTS album coverBryan Russo and the Tragic Figures are proud to release their new EP “Here for the Show” after a jam-packed CD release show at Fager’s Island in Ocean City, MD on May 29th.

You can pick up the record on any digital site, like Amazon, Itunes, etc…and here on CDbaby:


Also, you can preview a few songs from the new record and enjoy a few of your favorites from “Sound the Alarms” on our new Soundcloud page.


Share it, Tweet it, Talk to a random stranger about it, and if you are geographically suited to do so, please go tell it on a mountain!