Ryan Russell | The Tumbleweed Sessions

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The Tumbleweed Sessions

by Ryan Russell

Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Rockets Overhead
3:12 album only
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2. Rain Man
2:24 album only
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3. Any Town
3:24 album only
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4. Born to Lose
3:58 album only
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5. Catch Me Girl
3:13 album only
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6. That's Love
2:34 album only
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7. Moonshine
3:02 album only
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8. Things Falling Down
2:58 album only
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9. That Ol' Selfish Me
3:21 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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." This project started with recordings of Ryan and his guitar from 2010 and backed by a full band the way he had hoped his next album would be produced.

Music, Lyrics, and Vocals: Ryan Russell
Background Vocals: Amanda Russell, Chandler Pratt
Guitar: Ryan Russell, Randy Russell, Eric Phinney, Chandler Pratt
Bass Guitar: John Montes, Taylor Webster
Keyboards and Synths: Ray Vazira, Chandler Pratt
Harmonica: Ryan Russell
Baritone Ukulele: Ray Vazira
Banjo and Mandolin: Chandler Pratt
Drums: Ray Vazira

Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Chandler Pratt
Mastered by Scott Randle @ Mountain Fire Studio
Cover Art: Brett Dennen
Album Layout and Design: Aaron Burtch
Executive Producer: Tara Russell

Note From Tara:
My husband Ryan was one of the most kind, gentle, talented, and humble souls I’ve ever met. While his death was unexpected, his legacy continues to give to others. One of the ways that he is still with us, is through his music. I’d like to share with you how this album came to fruition:

Ryan was a full organ and tissue donor. As his wife, I received the opportunity to select something that was meaningful to him to share with his organ recipients. I chose his song “Born To Lose”, which Chandler had previously recorded acoustically. Arrangements were made for it to be played to each of his recipients before going under anesthesia. The Donor Network team expressed sincere emotion when they informed me that they had never had the experience of sharing a donor in their own voice with a recipient. It was in that moment I knew I had to release this album in the way Ryan had envisioned. His voice and lyrical ingenuity still needed to be heard.

Ryan was so passionate, creative, and driven by his craft. He left a select few with the knowledge of exactly how he wanted to take his music to the next level. With the help and collaboration from close family and friends, the ability arose to create this album in his memory. Ryan wanted his next album to be titled “Tumbleweed” after he wrote the song “Panhandle Blues.” He had a list of songs he wanted to re-record with a full band, many are included here. He even described how he had hopes of collaborating with Aaron Burtch for the layout of the cd. Without Ryan’s guidance, this project would not have become what it did. I truly believe he would have been extremely proud of the final result.

With his physical absence from this world, there is a quiet that is hard to believe I’ll ever get used to. I know I’ll never again come home to him smiling and holding his guitar. While at times there is an unnerving silence without him, his spirit is strong. I feel very fortunate to have his music available whenever I need to spend time with him. There is a comfort and warmth in his voice I’ll never tire of hearing. I cherish all the memories I hold in my heart.

I am beyond grateful for the love, support, and talent of everyone involved in the creation of this album, Chandler and Scott – You are two forces to be reckoned with. A special thanks to Michael Higuera and the Donor Network for helping me see the beauty in tragedy from the beginning of this journey. Thank you to all involved in helping fund this project - benefit shows at the Knights Ferry Saloon and Tangled T’s, and a special thank you to Brett Dennen for auctioning your original artwork displayed on the cover towards this album.

Music never dies.



Note from Chandler:

Ryan was one of the nicest and most dedicated to his craft artists I ever had the pleasure of working with. He was so easy to be around and the music he wrote reflected that. Ryan had a voice that was silky smooth with just the right amount of grit. During our early recordings, which began in early 2010, I remember him telling me that he thought the melody and delivery of the vocals were just as important as the lyrics themselves. I knew right away what he was talking about. When he opened his mouth to sing “Any Town,” the very first song we ever recorded together, everything I thought I knew about him was solidified.

You have to understand, that as a recording engineer, it is not unusual that we have to hear the same song over and over - sometimes hundreds of times while working on them. We could only be so lucky to have the opportunity to work with someone with a voice like Ryan’s. His voice It wraps around you like your favorite warm blanket, and I found it impossible to grow tired of.

Ryan was a perfectionist, and though we recorded many songs together over the years, most of them remained buried deep on my computer’s hard drive because Ryan felt they weren’t good enough. For the record, I always thought he was crazy for thinking this. There were very few of his songs, if any, that I considered not worthy for the world to hear.

This project has allowed me to go back and revisit some of my personal favorites that never got released and finish them with the help of some of Ryan’s closest friends. At times it has been hard to work on. Hearing his banter before and after songs come through my speakers was like going through a time machine and more than once, I’ve been fooled me into thinking he was still right there in the room with me. Then that feeling of loss in the pit of my stomach comes back, and I know he wonʼt be walking through my door ever again. I miss him. We all do. All of our hearts ache. I’m deeply moved to be able to present some of Ryan's work that some of you may not have heard. Hopefully, you will feel his spirit just like I did while I was working on this.

He is still with us.

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