! A VERY SPECIAL THURSDAY SHOW!
Award winning singer songwriter and blues/soul man Woody Russell and his Trio from Austin, Texas.
If you love the soulful jazzy sounds and brilliant lyrics of of Van Morrison… you’re gonna love Woody Russell!
CARRY IT UP
Critically acclaimed, award winning vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell, has released a body of recorded work that spans from the folk-rock infused songwriter fare of his first album, …As Simple As That (1996) to the more recent and highly praised blues/soul release of Up Against It (2010) and the pop-jazz shades of Delicious Days (2013). A year in the making, his newest full length album, Carry It Up, is Russell’s most jazz oriented recording effort to date. An uplifting, soul-searching vibe is Woody’s modus operandi here. Again, his sophisticated jazz-adjacent songwriting is present throughout and the band turns in one exceptional performance after another. Mainstays from previous WR lineups include bassist extraordinaire, Brady Muckelroy and harmonica ace, Jose Ruiz. New additions, Lloyd Gil Wright (piano, keys), Derrick Hicks (piano), Tony Miller (drums) and special guest vocalist, Jacqui Walker, shine through with inspired performances. Excellent solos and ensemble interplay are on display throughout. But, what elevates the game this time around is Russell’s very fine delivery as a vocalist regarding both the arrangements and performances. There is no mistake that he possesses a voice which places him as a front runner on the jazzier side of the singer-songwriter scene. And, not unlike a primary influence, Van Morrison, he navigates the sound of his words with a rhythmic precision and melodic expression akin to a jazz improviser. Then there’s his guitar playing, which Blues Revue likened to “the fearlessness of Jeff Beck”.