It could be said that between his country roots, early exposure to music and ex-surfer dad that Russell Reed was simply destined to be a coastal cowboy.
Russell grew up in the small town of Tabor, just north of the Fightin' Texas Aggies in College Station, Texas. As a child he spent his time bare foot and horseback.
At around eight years old, Russell’s older sister became a DJ, as well as an editor for a radio magazine. With nothing better to do than tag along with big sis, Russ became exposed to many up and coming musicians, many of whom are now veterans in the country music scene. Through these interactions, his interest in music began.
In his teens Russ got into rodeo and even rode bulls professionally until just after the birth of his daughter, Taylor. Riddled with injuries and to the point of exhaustion, he turned to music.
This time around it was different though. Russ wanted more than to sing songs - he wanted to capture a feeling, an emotion. That's how the term "coastalized" came to be. It came to Russell at a time where he thought he'd lost everything. Through his struggles he finally found a place in his soul that seemed to be paradise. He could smell the salt in a warm breeze, feel the sand under his feet, the sun on his back and could hear the sounds of waves crashing. Suddenly his cowboy life and his love for the beach became one.
It's not just the clothing, a song or a place on the map. Being coastalized is a feeling of total relaxation, happiness and simply letting all worry go, trusting that everything will be alright. When you're truly coastalized nothing negative exists. Russ believes that everyone could use a little more coastalization and that's what he works to capture in his music.
So by all means, feel free to look around, stay awhile and whatever you do...get coastalized.