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Spring News!

BRHBOSHOW6As we ramp up to another summer season here on the Eastern Shore, things are as busy as ever.

ICYM some of the big recent news, here’s a brief recap:

1. Due to sweeping budget cuts, my award winning public radio show “Coastal Connection” was cancelled at the end of January after 4 and a half years on the airwaves.  I’ll also be leaving WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington in May to pursue the next chapter of my journalism career.  More on that TBA.

2. I launched a new web series called “Curtain Call: Historic Theaters of the Eastern Shore” which you can find on the “videos” page of this website or here: https://www.youtube.com/user/bryandrusso

3. Musically, I was honored to open for the formidable Texas based blues trio The Los Lonely Boys and the Grammy-nominated blues powerhouse “Heritage Blues Orchestra” in March.  Both shows were awesome.  Here’s a video from the Los Lonely Boys show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QTENMsBX-A

4. I have been sponsored by PRS Guitars and will be playing the amazing S2 Mira (semi-hollow) as my main guitar from here on out.  It’s as classy sounding as it is aesthetically stunning (see pic above)

5. I have a huge project in the works….and it has been keeping me up at night with excitement.  I can’t wait to share it with you.

 

There’s the recap…please check out the “shows” page to find out where to see a show and I hope to see you soon!

 

 

BR sponsored by PRS Guitars

I’m so incredibly proud to announce that I have become apart of the Paul Reed Smith artist roster with a guitar sponsorship deal.

My main guitar will now be a vintage white Semi-hollow body Mira from PRS’s S2 series.

I’ll include more details in the days to come, but I can’t tell you how incredibly honored and humbled to be playing one of these iconic guitars that were built right here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

(I don’t usually take selfies in the mirror, but when i do, I’m holding a PRS backstage at a show).

new guitar selfie

BR Opens for Los Lonely Boys

In a last minute turn of events, BR opened for Los Lonely Boys on St. Paddy’s Day in Wilmington, DE.  It was a fantastic show, and it was an honor to share the stage with blues masters like the Texas based trio.

If you missed the show, no worries…BR will be back in Wilmington on the 26th of March at World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre at 8pm with Heritage Blues Orchestra.  (see “shows” for details)

los lonely pic

Check out the latest episode of BR’s webseries

Episode 2 of BR’s web series “Curtain Call: Historic Theaters of the Eastern Shore” is here.

In this episode, we’ll visit Chincoteague Island, VA.

you can subscribe to the webseries on my youtube page:

www.youtube.com/user/bryandrusso

 

BR to open for Heritage Blues Orchestra

From the big announcement department:
I’ll have the honor of opening for the Heritage Blues Orchestra on 3/26 at the World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE. (i’ll be playing solo)
get your tickets here: http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/…/788591-heritage-bl…/

In band news, The Tragic Figures and I will be at Bethany Blues of Lewes in Lewes, DE THIS Saturday (3/14) at 8:30pm, and we’ll be headlining a charity benefit at the Main Street Boxing Gym in Salisbury, MD on 3/27. Tickets are $45 and they are going fast.

and finally, ICYMI, here’s a recent video of “Too Many (Cooks in the Kitchen)” from the Barrel Room Sessions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SkZgrp-Azo

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!

http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/event/651731-james-cotton-wilmington/

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

www.bethanyblues.com

Hope to see you at the show!