Sad State of Affairs
With the release of his album, Sad State of Affairs, Randy Russell is quickly becoming one of Nashville's finest underground songwriters. Russell's songs are garnering attention on and off Music Row for their sharp social observations and gut-wrenching lyrics. Music Row Magazine's Robert K. Oermann describes the music as 'a fusion of folk, jazz and pop, he sings like a revved up wino ... very, very intriguing.' Russell combines a wide range of instruments, musicians and time signatures to create a sound that is unmistakably his own - a cauldron of jazz and acoustic influences with a splash of old-time picking sensibility. His songs are ambitious like a young Randy Newman, from the swinging title track 'Sad State of Affairs' to the lovely dulcimer waltz, 'To Day.' 'I want to be brave. I want my songs to stand out. I want the first reaction to be 'Whoa! What's this?'' Russell said. Russell was nominated for Sensored Magazine's 2003 'STARVY' award given to starving artists with fearless creativity. Sad State of Affairs is a journey guided by skilled musicians through many influences and genres. Randy Russell delivers enduring music from a unique point of view. Through it all one thing remains true: the song.