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“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 has always worn a lot of hats and for many years, he wore them all pretty well.

Yet, after a few years of struggle and reinvention,  the only stories the 2-time Edward R Murrow award winner is telling now are in song-form, –and they mark the deepest and strongest songs of his career.

“The music that always mattered the most to me was the songs that had an awful lot to say”, said Russo, “and I think I still have a few things of value left to say regardless of who is listening.”

The former multi-award winning journalist (NPR, BBC, WAMU, Marketplace, host of Coastal Connection) has spent close to 20 years working diligently as a singer/songwriter in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US sharing the stage with more than 30 national recording artists and receiving high praise from critics and listeners on his five independent releases: (The Next Big Thing EP (2008), Sound the Alarms (2012), Here for the Show (2014) and Burden of Proof (2016).

After the success and critical acclaim of his most recent release “Pennsyltucky” (read below), and with another Boys Called Susan album in the works, Russo will be releasing a brand new solo album in late 2019 or early 2020.

Some of the acts BR has shared the stage with include:
The War and Treaty, Low Cut Connie, Vintage Trouble, Lukas Nelson and POTR, Trombone Shorty, John Mayall, Shooter Jennings, Lucero, Marshall Tucker Band, Los Lonely Boys, G Love and Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Rusted Root, Gin Blossoms, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Marc Broussard, Corb Lund, Eric Lindell, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Trevor Hall, The Dean Ween Group,  and on one night in Philadelphia in 2011, he was chosen out of hundreds of acts to warm up thousands of fans for the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys at the Wells Fargo Center.

Latest Release: Boys Called Susan album “Pennsyltucky” turns a few heads in heartfelt debut

In 2018, Russo teamed up with his first cousin Christopher Shearer and recorded the highly acclaimed debut album “Pennsyltucky” released as the band “Boys Called Susan”, which was named in homage of Shearer’s late mother Susan, who passed away from cancer in 2013. Her dying wish was for the boys to make music together, so they crowdfunded their way to Nashville to record at the legendary Butcher Shoppe recording studio with members of Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Boys as the studio band. The album, which was produced by Phil Madeira, has been spun on more than 60 radio stations across the US and Canada and received high critical marks both domestically and internationally. (www.boyscalledsusan.com for more info.)
Russo’s big bluesy voice wallops audiences with soulful lyrics that bite, but listeners and audiences have always been drawn to the depth in his lyrics, the hopefulness in the blues, and the way he can make a thinking song sound like a drinking song by blending smarts with satire. Russo’s song “Rodeo Cool”, which was released on the “Pennsyltucky” album was named as a top 5 finalist (out of more than 2000 domestic and international entries) in the ‘Country’ category of the 2019 Great American Song Contest, while his song from the same album “Unfinished Symphony” received honorable mention in the Folk/Americana category.

Notable Quotes:
“Bloody Brilliant” – John Mayall (The Godfather of British Blues)
“You might be the best songwriter I’ve never heard of. Where the hell did you come from?”
— Actor Luke Wilson (whom BR met after sharing the stage with Shooter Jennings in 2014)
CONTACT: bryandrusso1@gmail.com or 215.880.4616 for booking

Additional Quotes:

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

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