Ryan Russell was born and raised on the outskirts of Oakdale, California. He began singing at a very early age and sang in the church choir as a child. Ryan grew up listening to a diverse selection of music, and was most influenced by classic rock, blues, folk, and country western. He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 23. He has been writing songs ever since.
Ryan has played solo acoustic singer/songwriter sets locally in the central valley over the past decade. He has also toured the Western and Midwest states on several occasions, traveling with other artists such as Willy Tea Taylor, Cole Thomason, and Big Earl Matthews. In 2011 he recorded his first full length solo acoustic CD titled The Lonesome Traveler.
Ryan was nominated for a Modesto Area Music Award in both 2012 and 2013 in singer/songwriter and indie/acoustic categories. He has played electric lead guitar for Christine McGrew at the State Theatre in Modesto at the 2013 MAMA Awards. In 2013 he started the Ryan Russell Band, a three piece electric country/blues/rock band comprised of “Tractor Boy” Chris Ward on percussion and Justin Roth on bass. In 2014 the Ryan Russell Band has opened up for The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the Gallo Center of the Arts in Modesto, California for the 90th annual Camp Jack Hazard benefit concert, as well as the Moonshine Bandits at the Fat Cat Lounge. He and the Ryan Russell Band toured to Clarksdale, Mississippi for the Juke Joint Festival in April 2014. Ryan continues to play both solo acoustic shows as well as with his band, and plans on returning to the studio in 2014 to record another full length album with the Ryan Russell Band.