Luther Russell | Spare Change

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Spare Change

by Luther Russell

Tender, folk-y solo acoustic pop music from producer/musician known for his blues band The Freewheelers (DGC/American Recordings).
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Broken Man
3:11 album only
2. Thick and Thin
3:07 album only
3. Without A Trace
3:41 album only
4. Tell Me If My Love's Too Late
3:27 album only
5. Right Way 'Round
1:45 album only
6. Bronwyn
4:29 album only
7. What She Said
1:08 album only
8. Someday
3:02 album only
9. Everybody Had It Made
3:34 album only
10. Friday Night's Dead
4:28 album only
11. Old Dirt Path
3:11 album only


Album Notes
Intimacy problems run wild in relationships. They also become problems for musicians who feel the need to hide behind the noise of a band. Stripping away any nervousness or fears of allowing the listener an intimate performance, Luther Russell's third solo album, Spare Change, comes clean.

Like sand paper, Spare Change is very rough and unsettling. After all, it is just a man and his guitar, raw and alive. No multi-tracked vocals, no over dubs, and no slick production. What you hear live is what you get on disc, which is rare in this day and age of studio wizardry, lazy live bands, and a Pro Tools-centric recording industry.

After a solo acoustic blues album (that included traditional songs and covers) and an instrumental funk album, maybe Spare Change is Luther Russell's way of letting his fans know what he's all about: laying it all on the line without worrying about what people will think, because he knows this is what he does and this is what he loves.

It doesn't get much more raw than this. Luther sat down with Mike Coykendall (front man for the seminal roots-rock outfit The Old Joe Clarks) at his house, on his 8-track, and recorded Spare Change. The two handled the production, Luther handled all the songwriting and performances, and the album was born.

It feels like Luther is there, in your living room, performing just for you. Spare Change is that rare album that sounds and feels just like the live show, a very hard thing to put to tape.



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Tender, folk-y solo acoustic pop music from producer/musician known for his blues band The Freewheelers (DGC/American Recordings). A local Portland hero displays his musical sensibility through exquisite songwriting and masterful musicianship. Absolutely essential for fans of Elliott Smith, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan.

Scott Miller

Great CD.
Definately relaxing music, made me look into other works. This is a must!


impressive work.. highly recommended
Luther is the man..
the entire albume flows so nicely, the time will pass, and by when you know it, you'll be hearing it for the fourth time straigt.. and so many thoughts have cross your head..
"BROKEN MAN" AND "EVRYBODY HAD IT MADE" are just outstanding track.. really love this albume.
good job.
-keep it up mr. russell


Wowee wow! You must buy!
This record is great! Love the sparseness..very moody...very classic! Rainy day melodies.... Get out your handkerchiefs!