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by Woody Russell

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LARGELY ACOUSTIC DEBUT DRAWS COMPARISONS TO VAN MORRISON (1996)
"...as simple as that" is Russell's 1996 debut release. It represents this particular trio's first recording effort as a cohesive band led by Woody. One reviewer compared the album to the work of an early Van Morrison. It was a substantial breakaway from Russell's previous work with rock bands and other various recording projects. On this debut album, tales of bittersweet relationships and reflections on times past are woven into a colorful collection of earthy songs. WR reveals his "cinematic" lyrical gift as scenes of rural Americana are played out to the sounds of a mostly acoustic setting with cello and oboe complementing a few tracks.

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released August 1, 1996

Cats Up The Street Music

Woody Russell - Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and percussion
Dan Frank - Drums and percussion
James Burkman - Bass, space-bass and backing vocals
Michelle Molner - background vocals

Cats Up The Street Music 1996
Produced by Woody Russell and Dan Frank
Recorded in 1996 at Mosi Studios – Redmond, WA
Engineered and mixed by Lee Silberkleit
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Disc Master – Issaquah, WA
Cover art by Kai Schwarz

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Woody Russell Austin, Texas

Award winning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Woody Russell, has released a body of recordings that span from the folk infused fare of his first album, As Simple As That, to the highly praised blues release, Up Against It and pop-jazz shades of Delicious Days. Now, Carry It Up delivers a stunning collection of sophisticated "jazz adjacent" songs, further expanding Russell's superb song-craft. ... more

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