Up Against It
WOODY RUSSELL blows apart any preconceptions about what his next move might be: 'Up Against It' is his long-awaited new album on the CUTS Music Group label. This vibrant blues/soul outing is a testimony to Russell's long held passion for the blues. Across nine tracks the recording highlights his incisive guitar chops in a way that no previous release of his has and brings new meaning to the term 'contemporary blues'. But, in addition to the stinging fret-board firepower, Russell's vocals pour on the soul and remind us that he absolutely means every phrase, every word. 'Up Against It' celebrates, aches, rocks and soothes; his most thoroughly potent recording to date. Here's proof that modern blues is alive and well, and in good hands; not just because he can pull it off, but because - as Woody himself has stated - it's his 'only way forward'. Woody Russell's distinctly soulful performances have already won him the respect of audiences around the country. With the release of three previous albums on his CUTS Music label - including the 2006 IMA 'Album Of The Year' nominated Salt - and performances at countless venues from clubs to the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, Russell's top-notch songwriting, guitar playing and showmanship have been years in the making. Woody is proud to be an official Grosh Guitars Artist.