Sam Russell is a Seattle-based singer/songwriter writing and performing rock n’ roll in the tradition of Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Sam Cooke, Phil Spector, Van Morrison, The Velvet Underground, T.Rex & Wilco,, incorporating a wide range of styles along the way, such as soul, folk, country and psychedlia.  Sam is supported by his band The Teen Soul Explosion, made up of Allison Tulloss on keyboards, Ken Nottingham on bass and Aimee Zoe on drums. The TSE shows are wide-ranging affairs balancing take-no-prisoners, everyone-left-on-the-floor-exhausted energetic displays in the gospel/soul manner of James Brown and The Dap=Kings while also pulling back for intimate, stripped-down numbers reminiscent of Neil Young and Ryan Adams..
 
Sam was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin as the son of a small-church minister. Growing up in a Christian household, he was only allowed to listen to oldies radio, which firmly rooted Sam's musical tastes in the rock n' roll, soul and pop music of the 1950's and 1960's.  He has spent the last 9 years in Seattle, WA at work on The Blue Moon Bible, an 8-album rock n' roll rock-opera adaptation of the Greek epic poem The Odyssey by Homer.  Six of eight albums have been released of The Blue Moon Bible, starting with 2006’s The Katie Sermon through 2012’s The Year of the Cow with 8 songs each containing overlapping references to recurring people, various incidents and locales.

Over the course of 2015 & 2016, Sam will release the songs comprising the last two chapters of The Blue Moon Bible n various installments before compiling them into one double-album. The first release of 2015 will be Live at The Columbia City Theater EP in January, containing live versions of 3 songs written for the upcoming albums and showing Sam & his band in all their raw and raging glory. All the The Blue Moon Bible albums have received local airplay in Seattle from 107.7 The End and 90.3 KEXP with 2006's The Katie Sermon and 2012's The Water Balloon added to heavy rotation on KEXP, which led to an in-studio performance by the band.

And while The Teen Soul Explosion are Sam's main collaborators, he continues to draw on a larger pool of Seattle-based musicians making up the collective known as The Harborrats to augment the songs and performances with the occasional horns, strings, mellotron and musical saw, as well as frequent guest vocals by other various Seattle singer/songwriters to represent the characters in Sam's stories. Past albums are credited to The Harborrats while the last couple years have seen the focus of Sam's music sharpen into a more stripped garage-band 4-piece presentation. Sam & the TSE will continue to play the Pacific Northwest through the year while touring the rest of the states throughout the summer and fall.
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