Critically acclaimed lyricist and country blues story teller, Russell Bartlett was originally a singer in Seattle's Grunge scene of the late 80s. He relocated to Austin, Texas in early 90s, and has released five studio CDs with the tiny Republic-of-Texas label. Bartlett's command of the language and turn-of-phrase wit is reminiscent and of Townes Van Zandt, Mickey Newbury and Billy Joe Shaver--all of whom he sites as influences. 'A songwriter's songwriter's songwriter,' Bartlett has developed a faithful audience in Europe, as well as in the U.S. Southwest. 'Texas Smells,' just released but recorded mostly in 2004, is a tribute to the culture and cuisine of his adopted Lone Star state. The disc already has critics drawing comparisons to his 1998 classic 'One Hand on the Plow.'