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Russ Smith / Bio

Russ started playing guitar and singing at the open mic scene around Boston in the 1980's. Over time, his travels and tastes drew him to roots and Americana music of the mountains. After lead vocal and guitar stints with The Salty Dogs and Stormy Creek, he found his calling with the ‘doghouse’ bass viol. Russ is a regular with Two Bit Franks, Little Jane & The Pistol Whips and is called on regularly for live and session work.

He has been seen and heard playing shows with; Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale, Bill Payne, Will Kimbrough, John Lowell, Ashly Holland, Billy Cardine, Ben Bullington, Tim Cahill, Joe Walsh, Joanne Gardner, Tom Murphy, Kevin Fabozzi, Quinton King, Storm Norick, Mike Singer, Jeff Shouse, Kris Clone, Chris Cunningham, Quenby Iandiorio, Sean Devine, Kevin Toll, Elana James, Britt Smith, Marcus & Jodi Engstrom, Aiofe O'Donovan, Jeremy Garrett, Andy Falco, Andy Hall, Brittany Haas, Claudia Williams, Yogesh Simpson, Ben Somers and many others...

Russ released his first solo album in 2009 called The Closest Thing I Have but more than anything else, he calls himself lucky to be part of an amazing group of musicians.

General Info

Artist Name
Russ Smith
Home Page
Americana / Roots / Bluegrass

Contact Info

Livingston, MT