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Rob Russell & the Sore Losers / Press

“If the songs on his first record shine with the exuberance of the Foo Fighters doing a country record, the songs he's got on deck are even better. They're an even mixture of melancholy rockers and outright barn-burners, highlighted with Russell's soaring vocals and the band's tight musicianship.”

“Though sex and drugs were never part of the equation, rock ‘n' roll has been a part of Russell's background for years. He's been playing semi-professionally for almost 20 years, and Rob Russell and the Sore Losers were a force on the East Tennessee Americana circuit in the early part of this decade. The director of the Writing and Communication Center at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, he and the boys have two albums to their credit, “I Think We're Gonna Be All Right” and “Lucky on the Side.””

“But for fans of roots rock and Americana—genres existing solely within that amorphous blend of musical influences—Rob Russell and the Sore Losers provides a hearty dose of satisfying pop hooks, thrashing drums, two guitars that sound like three, a gut-rumbling bass rhythm and a lyrical pendulum that swings from bad love to worse.”

“Music’s loss, however, is the public’s gain: Russell recently won the Democratic congressional primary, and he’ll be running against former Johnson City mayor Phil Roe in the upcoming general election.”

“Opening the show will be the hottest thing from the Tri Cities since that area gave the world the Dr. Enuff heal-all drink. Johnson City’s Rob Russell & The Sore Losers will get the evening started off right with its catchy-as-all-get-out brand of Americana rock ’n’ roll.”

“Regardless of whatever other band is playing in town that night, you don't want to miss Rob Russell & The Sore Losers. Old fans will enjoy the reworking of songs with the addition of certain guests while new fans (trust me, you'll be a fan after the first song) will relish in having their collective cherry popped on such a special night”

“Rob Russell and the Sore Losers are reuniting for one show on Saturday, April 3 at the Down Home in Johnson City. Why? To help out a long-time fan who is fighting to overcome something that would be tragic to any music lover: the loss of her hearing.”