Doo-Wop! Rock n’ Roll! And Soooooooooul!….Seattle-based singer-songwriter Sam Russell embodies these historic Americana musical traditions and places them into urgent present-day relevancy!

Over the past 8 years, Sam has played the Pacific Northwest area and toured nationally with his backing bands The Teen Soul Explosion, The Harborrats & Buckets of Tears to preach the power of classic rock n’ roll {Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley}, classic soul {Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, James Brown} and make it his own by adding sprinkles of folk-rock {Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison}, country {Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones}, 60’s garage band/psychedelia {The Amboy Dukes, The Kingsmen, The Sonics}, 70’s classic rock {Springsteen, T.Rex, Queen), 80’s synth pop {The Cars, New Order The Smiths},  and 90’s/2000’s indie-rock {Wilco, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips}
 
This all-encompassing, ambitious blend of music has inspired Sam to craft 6 volumes of his ongoing “Blue Moon Bible” series of albums, with each album typically spanning the vast range of Sam’s influences while telling various ongoing stories and revisiting certain characters through the lyrics. All 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.
 
Sam is most often supported by his 4-piece band of collaborators The Teen Soul Explosion, made up of Allison Tulloss on keyboards, Ken Nottingham on bass and Aimee Zoe on drums. For larger shows, Sam expands the band, adding horn section, strings and choir to make up The Harborrats. And in addition to playing solo shows, Sam also strips things down for his band Bucket of Tears, which reinterprets classic albums in Civil War-style musical folk settings.
 
Sam will be releasing a series of singles in 2015 leading up to an album release in early 2016. His latest release with the Teen Soul Explosion, Live at the Columbia City Theater EP is available now on Bandcamp.
 
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