Critically acclaimed, award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, 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 his IMA nomination (Album Of The Year) for Salt (2005), to the critically praised blues and soul release, Up Against It (2010). Most recently, he released his “living album project”, Big Sky (2012); an ever expanding compilation of instrumentals focused on his jazz and film music recordings. On September 26th, 2013 Russell released, Delicious Days; a new album infused with sophisticated arrangements and harmony more closely associated with jazz. The Austin, Texas based Russell has always been a genre-blurring artist and Delicious Days is no exception. A defined trajectory toward pop is the prevailing tone on this album - perhaps more so than on any of his other releases - but again, he seamlessly integrates jazz, rock and soul in to the mix. The end result is a lush, complex recording by a master craftsmen and his superb band that is, simultaneously, filled with very accessible songs.
What They're Saying:
“[Delicious Days]…drips pure soul that I haven’t heard since the days of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Donny Hathaway. Yes, I just wrote that. I gave this album 5 stars, but to be honest, it deserves The Milky Way. This is the best album I’ve heard in 2013 and the competition isn’t even close.” - Doug Morrisey, Muzikreviews.com
"Woody Russell has crafted a lovely collection of original blues and soul music… [Up Against It] appealing guitar tones; his crisp, inventive lines blend funk and blues with Jeff Beck’s fearlessness.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue(Jan/Feb issue 2011)
"Russell’s guitar work is exemplary and his vocals alternate between fiery and soulful… a strong composer with a unique perspective on the blues. If you like your blues with a touch of soul and rock, Up Against It will be a satisfying purchase." - Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes
"[Up Against It]…an excitingly fresh, diverse and dynamic approach to the blues. Pick up a copy and give it a spin...you'll be glad you did." - The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston
"[Up Against It] ...a very good musician, an exceptional singer and let's not forget Woody’s songwriting that seals the deal for this total package artist." - John Vermilyea, The Blues Report