Blue Eyed Harvest
Singer/songwriter RUSS MICAHELS has performed solo and with the Russ Michaels Band throughout the United States, with a focus on performances in and around New York City, the San Francisco Bay area...as well as his home roots of the Midwest. Growing up in the northwestern wheatfields of Kansas, his songwriting has been deeply influenced by the importance of home and relationships due to his wondering heart that's crisscrossed the country and the ocean. From a timely stay in Durango, Colorado working at Purgatory Ski Resort to a crisp sunny day performing for young Montessori students of central Sweden, the in-between gravel roads have never seemed to lead to ultimate permanency until finding refuge in the New York City autumn of 1997. (Oct. 12th to be precise; strangely & sadly flying into JFK International at the same time John Denver's plane crashed off the coast of Monterrey.) Armed with his thoughts, an acoustic guitar, pen & notepads...it was an undeniable fix...(after his biggest musical influence passed on)...that he'd be forever addicted to life as a songwriter and performer. Russ Michaels has been pushing strongly on to make a name for himself on the east coast from Atlanta to Boston; just recently setting foot in San Francisco and the western coast. With musical influences ranging from Al DiMeola, Willy Porter, and Martin Simpson to Glen Campbell, the Jayhawks, CSNY, and John Denver...his well-rounded, natural vocals and playing with both the twelve or six string acoustic is often accompanied by his band which can include Luke Cissell on violin and mandolin; Alex Pappas on bass; Douglas Narry on percussion/drums; Jenna Marie on piano/vocals; and a few friends that occasionally sit in with the band...Christopher Eickmann on percussion, Sarah Chaney on vocals, Rhett & Jill McAllister (from duo Arlington Priest) on guitar & vocals, and Karla Harby on flute.