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Ryan Russell

Ryan Russell passed away on August 3rd, 2016, due to complications and throat closure following a massive asthma attack. With the help of two benefit shows to raise funds, close family and friends offering to record sessions, his wife Tara Russell is releasing his next album in his honor titled "The Tumbleweed Sessions."

Ryan Russell was born and raised on the outskirts of Oakdale, California. He began singing at a very early age and sang in the church choir as a child. Ryan grew up listening to a diverse selection of music and was most influenced by classic rock, blues, folks, and country western. He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 23. He had been writing songs ever since until he passed away at the age of 44.

Ryan played solo acoustic singer/songwriter sets locally in the central valley over the past decade. He also toured the Western and Midwest states on several occasions, traveling with other artists such as Willy Tea Taylor and Cole Thomason. In 2011 he recorded his first full-length solo acoustic CD titled "The Lonesome Traveler."

In 2013 he started the Ryan Russell Band, a four-piece electric country/blues/rock band most recently comprised of “Tractor Boy” Chris Ward on percussion, John Montes on bass, and Ray Vazira on Keyboard. In 2014 the Ryan Russell Band has opened up for The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the Gallo Center of the Arts in Modesto, California for the 90th annual Camp Jack Hazard benefit concert, as well as the Moonshine Bandits at the Fat Cat Lounge.

Ryan was nominated for a Modesto Area Music Award four years in a row: 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 in singer/songwriter, Americana, and indie/acoustic categories. He had the honor of performing with his band at State Theatre in Modesto at the 2014 MAMA Awards to showcase his original music. He received an honorary MAMA Award following his death.

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