Raised in the jazz community of Kansas City, musical influence was inevitable for Brian Ruskin. Brian began playing guitar at the age of 12. By age 18, he started his professional music career—traveling the United States, playing a variety of rock venues, country dance halls, jazz clubs and blues joints. In the mid to late 1990’s, Brian wound up in the Austin, Texas music scene, which further shaped his musical style. Brian’s unique, improvised, finger style approach to guitar, has caused him to be one of Kansas City’s most respected musicians.
Brian also leads his own Kansas City-based group, Ruskinquartet.