Up Against It

by Woody Russell

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RHYTHM AND BLUES AND BEYOND FROM THE HEART OF TEXAS (2010)
The critics are weighing in and they agree that Woody Russell’s latest release, “Up Against It” (CUTS Music Group – July, 2010), is an exceptional album; proof positive that he is an artist to watch. A vibrant blues/soul outing, this recording highlights Russell’s musicianship as an “inventive”, “exemplary” guitarist, as well as, a vocalist and songwriter of the highest caliber. He shades a note and pours on the soul with the best of them. “Up Against It” celebrates, aches, rocks and soothes; his most thoroughly potent recording to date. Here’s evidence that modern blues is thriving and in good hands.

What They're Saying:

"Woody Russell has crafted a lovely collection of original blues and soul music… appealing guitar tones; his crisp, inventive lines blend funk and blues with Jeff Beck’s fearlessness.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue(Jan/Feb issue 2011)

"There's a fine legacy of Texas blues and Woody Russell is well up there alongside many of his heroes. His guitar playing on this album is excellent, his hard-edged vocal style is perfectly suited to his self-written songs and the whole thing has the feel of an album that is part of the man and not just a project… sounds like the work of a man whose life revolves around his music and he writes and plays well enough to put him well ahead of most of his peers." - Andy Snipper, Blues Matters (UK) (Feb/Mar 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

"Kick ##$ blues from Texas!" – Weston Jarrett, Radio Submit

"…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

"...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

"Pure genius in the form of Texas blues." - Doug Morrisey, Muzik Reviews

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released July 23, 2010

CUTS Music Group 0710-4

Produced by Woody Russell

Featuring:
Jose Ruiz - harmonicas
Doug Marcis - drums

Recorded at Green Shoe Studio - Austin, TX
Mastered by Marc Guenther @ Seattle Disc Mastering - Seattle, WA

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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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Track Name: Make It Tough On Me
Make It Tough On Me
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (10/07)
© 2007, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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I’ve got two strong arms
A good bit of muscle in my back
I’m quick on my feet
My mind is sharp as a tack

So go ahead and make it tough on me to win your love
Make it tough on me to prove what I’m made of
Make it tough on me
Go ahead and make it tough on me

I’m a full grown man
I know how to stand my ground
But, just for you, honey
It might be fun to let you push me around

So go ahead and make it tough on me to win your love
Make it tough on me to prove what I’m made of
Make it tough on me
Go ahead and make it tough on me

I have already been somebody’s stepping stone
I’m not afraid of going it alone
My friends say, “Man, she’ll just tear you up”, but my heart has a mind of its own
So make it tough on me
Go ahead and make it tough on me
Track Name: That's Just The Way My Wheels Roll
That’s Just The Way My Wheels Roll
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (10 /07)
© 2007, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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I hate to see it, to see you go, baby
But you’ve got to leave for the things you’ve done
You run that old game on me, honey
And I once was a sucker for the game you run

Now I’m busting to make ends meet
You’re out playing with some other heart and soul
I changed the locks, took your things to Goodwill
‘cause that’s just the way my wheels roll
That’s just the way my wheels roll

You throw your arms up and cry foul
You should take the next exit and pay the toll
It’s the end of the line for us, darling
‘cause that’s just the way my wheels roll
That’s just the way my wheels roll
Track Name: They Won't Know What Hit Them
They Won’t Know What Hit Them
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (11/09)
© 2009, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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Bring ‘round the car, yes we’re ready; we’re ready, ready, ready to roll
We’re gonna cross that bridge like some kind of dawn patrol
I’ll steal some hearts, you take the souls
And we’ll escape in the afterglow
They won’t know what hit them

The very first move has got to be, has got to be, got to be bold
Stay on the prowl, leave the trail; leave your trail cold
I’ll grease the wheels, you shovel coal
And we’ll escape down the rabbit hole
They won’t know what hit them

I’ll keep an alibi close at hand
You keep the key to the mini-bar
We’ve got a solid exit strategy plan
Just keep the motor running on the getaway car
I’ll steal some hearts, you take the souls
And we’ll escape in the afterglow
They won’t know what hit them
I’ll grease the wheels, you shovel coal
And we’ll escape down the rabbit hole
They won’t know what hit them
Track Name: Under My Door
Under My Door
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell
2008, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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Slip a little salvation
Slip a little salvation under my door
Slide a big change of heart
Slide a big change of heart under my door

I’m gonna keep it locked up tight
‘Til the wolves ain’t hanging ‘round anymore
Slip a little salvation under
Under my door

Don’t mind the neighbors
They don’t believe that I’m living here anymore
Just slip a little good fortune
Slip a little good fortune under my door

Don’t worry when I don’t answer
Those wolves kept me up ‘til quarter past four
I appreciate the good things you brought
Just slip them under my door
Under my door

I’m gonna keep it locked up tight
‘Til the wolves ain’t hanging ‘round anymore
Slip a little salvation under
Under my door
Track Name: The Right Side Of The Grass
The Right Side Of The Grass
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell
© 2010, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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Sometimes I feel
Like moaning and crying
Sometimes I feel
Like lying down and dying
But I know this feeling
Is going to pass
If you ask me “How you doing, brother?”
I’ll tell you I’m alright
Still on the right side of the grass

I’m alright, still on the upside of the grass
I’m alright, still on the right side of the grass

Too many times it feels
Like nothing comes together
Too many mornings greet me
With the same old stormy weather
If yesterday was just another
Half empty glass
I’ve got to put my feet back on the street
And remind myself, I'm alright
Still on the right side of the grass
Track Name: Moonshine (For My Wounded Heart)
Moonshine (For My Wounded Heart)
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell
© 2009, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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Oh now, baby, you saw that I was hurting
Oh yes, baby, you know life had been unkind
Oh now, darlin’, one thing’s for certain
Oh yes, baby, your love is like moonshine

Your love is moonshine
For my wounded heart
You hold me together
When I feel like coming apart
Your love is moonshine
For my wounded heart

Oh now, baby, should you be moving on
Oh my, baby, please don’t leave me behind
It’s 24/7, what you got me drunk on
Oh baby, your love is like moonshine
Track Name: Don't Bring It Home
Don’t Bring It Home
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell
© 2008, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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Change your address, change your name
Nothing here needs to stay the same
Change your shirt, change your mind
Cover any tracks you leave behind

Just don’t bring it home
Don’t bring it home, don’t bring it home
Don’t bring that stuff to my door, you won’t be welcome ‘round here no more
Don’t bring it home

Change your hair color, change your email
Sell your car, start riding light rail
Change from well done to medium rare
Reinvent the wheel, see if I care

Just don’t bring it home
Don’t bring it home, don’t bring it home
Don’t bring that stuff to my door, you won’t be welcome ‘round here no more
Don’t bring it home
Track Name: The Things We Do
The Things We Do
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell
© 2002, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP

I’ve got an old friend
He lives on West 64th
He thinks he’s a cowboy
Sleeps with one eye open out on the porch

He says it’s heaven on earth with you living right next door
But, he doesn’t have a clue
He doesn’t know ‘bout the things that you and I do
The things we do
He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you
And the things we do

So I gave him a call
He thought I sounded insane
And over a beer at his kitchen table
I tried my very best to explain

Just as I found the courage who should come knocking but you at the window pane
He still doesn’t have a clue
He doesn’t know ‘bout the things that you and I do
The things we do
He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you
And the things we do

I know exactly what he sees in you
I know he’s hoping that you love him, too
I’ve just got to tell him the whole ugly truth
‘Bout those things that you and I
Those things we do
He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you
And the things we do
Track Name: Between Nowhere and Goodbye
Between Nowhere and Goodbye
Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (9/06)
© 2006, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP
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I don’t expect you to understand
The way it moves in me
The way it worries my
My troubled mind
I want to provide for you
And I need to follow my heart
But there ain’t no map for following a dream
On faith I travel blind
And at what cost, am I lost somewhere between

Nowhere and goodbye
Between nowhere and goodbye
Between what’s wrong, what’s right
What’s enough and what’s it gonna take to make this thing fly
Oh Lord, don’t leave me drifting between nowhere and goodbye

I do the best I can
Some days just trip me up
Forgive me when I begin to fall
To fall apart
And at what cost, am I lost somewhere between