Rustic Americana songs tempered by roots rock arrangements allow intimate songs to simmer before they rise to shake the dust off the floorboards. Songwriter Russ Christiansen was bottle fed on Springsteen songs and influenced by contemporaries such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, and Jason Isbell . Christiansen proves you can reminisce and feel the comfort of your musical roots while finding detours that make the journey away from 'been there and done that'.
With a knack for finding some of Denvers most talented guitarists like John Waggoner and Todd Divel, or savvy multi instrumentals TD Davis and Bradley Weaver to augment spacious songs, his records and his live shows oscillate from shake your hand songwriting intimacy at their most personal to an anthemic drive too big not to be called rock n roll.
A late bloomer who started song writing in his mid thirties in 2005, his work has since been twice nominated for Best Roots Rock and Best Americana artists by Village Voice's Westword, made several 'best of the year' album, artists , and 'movers and shakers' lists -and most recently has found radio play slowly gaining traction in the United States on AAA and Americana radio in late 2011/early 2012. He has opened in local support for notable national touring acts such as Jason Isbell, Chuck Prophet, James McMurtry, C. Gibbs, and others. He now is based out of Fort Collins after several years calling Denver home. Keep your eyes and ears open and you just might find him roaming the backroads music haunts of the Rockies and Midwest with guitar in hand, band in tow, with playing like he has something to prove.