Sam Russell is a Seattle-based singer/songwriter who writes and performs rock n’ roll in the tradition of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Who. Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Nirvana, Wilco & The White Stripes, incorporating a wide range of styles along the way, such as blues, doo-wop, folk, country and soul.
 
Sam is backed in his recordings by The Harborrats, a collective made up of various members of the Seattle music community. His live shows are primarily back by the rhythm section core of The Harborrats known as "The Teen Soul Explosion", made up of Allison Tulloss on keyboards/vocals, Ken Nottingham on bass and Aimee Zoe on drums. These full-band shows are take-no-prisoners, everyone-left-on-the-floor-exhausted extravaganzas in the gospel/soul manner of James Brown and Otis Redding while Sam's intimate, stripped-down solo shows have wrought comparisons to Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Mark Kozelek.. 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.

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.  He has spent the last 9 years in Seattle, WA at work on The Blue Moon Bible, an 8-album rock n' roll adaptation of the Greek epic poem The Odyssey by Homer. The idea behind The Blue Moon Bible is to replicate Sam’s experience with oldies radio as a child by having a group of songs that can be played in order or set on shuffle to have a diverse blend of different styles and genres, as a backdrop for Sam telling a larger story throughout the songs.

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. Coming up in 2015, Sam will release the last two chapters of The Blue Moon Bible as a double-album “The Story of the Wreck & The Waking Hours.” Songs from this release will be previewed with the “Live at The Columbia City Theater EP” to be put out in January and contain live versions of 3 songs written for the upcoming and showing Sam & his band in all their raw and raging glory.
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