May 30 2018
In this video WR discusses the influence of Jazz on his own music. Live concert footage culled from the "Soul Of A Musician Concert Series" in Austin, TX at one of the city's most venerable live music establishments, Threadgill's.
"Woody Russell is the consummate singer/songwriter, and one of the most believable lyricists and storytellers I’ve heard in quite some time. Russell’s latest endeavor, Carry It Up, packs a wallop of pop-infused jazz, soul and rock flavorings that will send you on an unforgettable expedition through fascinating hues of ingenious songwriting and immaculate production – track after track after track."
"[Carry It Up] is bristling with blue-eyed soul grooves while, lyrically, the long player offers insight into relationships as well as addressing broader social issues ... as on the album's title cut. The song 'Carry It Up' is a kind of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' for the 21st century."
RootsTime (translated from Dutch)
"[Russell's] work has sometimes been compared to that of artists like Sting, Gregory Porter and Van Morrison, and we can certainly find [that] in there. For example, Last Time, Savannah would not be out of place in the more jazzy repertoire of Gregory Porter. We also have some favorite songs on this record. A Place In Line, The Heart Is Still King, the cleverly arranged Let's Be Done and Victory, the playful, jazzy Empty Man and, of course, What's Going On."
Radio and Retail
"Every song is a gem and the musical diversity makes for very enjoyable listening all the way through!"
“5 Stars... this is the best album I've heard in 2013 and the competition isn't even close."
“Woody Russell has crafted a lovely collection of original blues and soul music… appealing guitar tones; his crisp, inventive lines blend funk and blues with Jeff Beck’s fearlessness.”
Blues Matters (UK)
"There's a fine legacy of Texas blues and Woody Russell is well up there alongside many of his heroes... sounds like the work of a man whose life revolves around his music and he writes and plays well enough to put him well ahead of most of his peers."
“A little taste of Americana, Salt is a poetic string of love and loss. With an ear for craftsmanship, this album successfully captures the roots-folk sound often lost in production.”
“Russell’s guitar work is exemplary and his vocals alternate between fiery and soulful… a strong composer with a unique perspective.”
"Salt has the sound of a musician who has invested a lifetime in sharpening his playing."
The Blues Report
“A very good musician, an exceptional singer and let’s not forget Woody’s songwriting that seals the deal for this total package artist.”
Chart Magazine (CAN)
“He's got some powerful, gut-emanating pipes, full of soul and deeply-felt conviction. He immediately drew attention with his intricate finger work. The packed crowd was roaring…eclectic and unique and worth more than the price of admission.”