Russ Rueger entered into the music scene in 1968 with a drum set ordered through Sears catalog. His garage band, “The Invaders,” played local New Hampshire parties and High School functions. He hitch-hiked out of his small hometown two years later, and spent four years vagabonding across America with a harmonica in his pocket.
Russ settled in Colorado in the mid-seventies, playing guitar, harmonica, and mandolin in “The Crystal River Band.” This became the house band at the Medicine Man Saloon on Lookout Mountain, overlooking Golden. Russ wrote original music, and the band recorded the vinyl LP “Top of the Mountain.” (Click here for "Elk Bugles" review of this recording.)
Moving to Vermont to raise his family, Russ continued to write and record. His song “Away From Me” was featured in the independent movie “The Loneliest Road in America.”
Citing musical influences such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, and Jay Farrar, Russ writes and performs from the heart. Blending the traditions of folk, country, rock, and blues he brings forth a distinctively personal and sometimes gritty songscape.
Now living in Santa Cruz, California, Russ writes and records in a cozy tiny home. His live performances, solo and with other band members, include well crafted covers of popular songs along with his engaging original music. Click here to view the ever expanding list of cover songs that Russ plays.
Guitar by: Sidelinger Guitars