“If Bruce Springsteen ever gets the blues, I reckon he’s gonna sound just like Bryan Russo” — the Marshall Tucker Band (after BR opened for them in 2015)
Bryan Russo wears a lot of hats, but he wears them all well.
He’s a multi-award winning journalist (20 Associated Press Awards and 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards) and an acclaimed songwriter whose big bluesy voice wallops audiences with soulful lyrics that bite.
He’s an old soul with a sound to match and his lyrics will make you remember a time when songs could change the world, start a revolution or fall in love in 4 minutes flat.
His latest album, “Burden of Proof”, is his fourth independent release. However, it’s the first with the backing band “Bargain Scotch”, which features Christopher Shearer on Bass and backing vocals, Ryan Jared on drums, Jim Miller on trumpet and “Big” Mike Noyes on mouth harp.
The record is the first “movement” in a modern symphony Russo is composing, which will see “Burden of Proof” quickly followed by three additional records, which will span different genres, sounds and sonic ideas.
Russo has shared the stage with more than 20 national artists and this record is an homage to the American music that has inspired he and the band. Yet, despite the diverse sonic landscapes explored on this record, which range from vintage New Orleans jazz (Too Many (Cooks in the Kitchen) to anthemic rock songs (Shiny Brass Rings) that pay homage to writers like Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, all the songs found on “Burden of Proof” are consistent with Russo’s brand of in your face songwriting packaged in massive hooks, lyrics that bite, and delivered to the listener via a powerful blues voice.
“Burden of Proof” is a rare sonic journey that is both classic and timely.
other notable quotes:
“That was bloody brilliant!”–blues legend John Mayall (after BR opened for him 2013)
“Your sound is somewhere between Tom Waits and Jack White…I don’t know what to call it, but it totally rocks.—“Actor Luke Wilson” (to BR after a show with Shooter Jennings in 2014)
–BR has shared the stage with Fantastic National Acts like:
The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Marshall Tucker Band
G Love and Special Sauce
Los Lonely Boys
J Roddy Walston and the Business
Lukas Nelson and POTR
Low Cut Connie
The Deen Ween Group
Heritage Blues Orchestra
and many others
“Russo sounds like the blues stomping on pop melodies. He’s got a soulful voice, and lyrics that bite”—Maryland Coast Dispatch
“Russo is like if Johnny Depp and Tom Waits ate Bill Withers”—Joe Harkum of the band Pasadena
“Bryan Russo is bluesy as hell, like a young Tom Waits or Billy Joel”—David Ivory, Grammy Nominated Producer
“Soulful, Powerful, Heartfelt and Satirical. His talent is undeniable, so to ignore it would be total blasphemy.”—Slade Vegas, Las Vegas Freelance Rock Writer
THE BAND:____ The Tragic Figures ____________________
Bryan Russo–vocals, guitars, piano, stompbox
Johnny “Suit” Sybert– bass
“Big” Mike Noyes–mouth harp