Rob Russell & the Sore Losers began their career in 2000, when singer/songwriter Rob Russell decided to strike out on his own after serving time as a sideman, singer, and utility in-fielder for groups in genres ranging from punk to bluegrass to blues for over a decade. Rob recruited his brother, Andy Russell, as the group's first and only drummer, and with then-bassist Travis Stuart recorded their first CD as RRSL, "I Think We're Going to Be Alright" in 2002, releasing it on their own MAD Records. Guitarist/vocalist David Hart joined later that year, and in 2003 bassist Josh Reifert joined as well: it was this line-up that recorded the 2005 CD "Lucky on the Side" (produced by Eric Fritsch: Scott Miller & the Commonwealth, R.B. Morris, etc.). The Losers played their final show as a touring outfit on Dec. 31, 2006 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, and Russell "retired" the band in August 2008 after winning the Democratic Primary for the US House seat in Tennessee's 1st Congressional District (lost the General Election).
The 2005 version of the band has reunited for two shows in April, 2010, in Knoxville and Johnson City, TN.