Luther Russell :: Repair


If you’re not familiar with L.A.-native Luther Russell’s music, then you probably haven’t been paying close enough attention. I know I wasn’t. Not only has he been making his own music–in the early ’90s with the Freewheelers and on his own since ’97–but his producer credits include a couple of records by Portland-based outfit Richmond Fontaine, among others (read AD’s April interview with RF’s Willy Vlautin here). He has recently teamed with famed producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Ben Kweller, et al.) to help put out a forthcoming LP from Los Angeles folk maiden Sarabeth Tucek. Johns also happens to have paired with Russell for Russell’s own 2007 release Repair. It’s not difficult to see why this is such a seamless collaboration.

Repair highlights Russell’s assorted talents as a singer-songwriter. Russell moves, at times, from simple, smooth folk and easy pop to raspier alt-country tones and trimmed-down blues. Even while melding a few distinct sounds, the album has very few blemishes — a testament to Russell’s maturity as a musician and experience as a producer.

If you like Ryan Adams, Paul Westerberg and Jeff Tweedy, you’ll probably dig at least a few tracks here.

–Youngling #2

Luther Russell :: Parachute
MP3: Luther Russell :: When Your Way Gets Dark
MP3: Luther Russell :: Nothing Else Remains
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2 thoughts on “Luther Russell :: Repair

  1. I’m hooked. Hey is it bad to say that some of his vocals and guitar playing remind me of elliot smith? i don’t mean it in a bad way. i also hear some townes van zandt in it. i love it when the lightning hopkins slide bit drops in during the chorus of “parachute”.

  2. Being a Portlander, I cherished the time Luther was here in town, as the guy simply rocks. Not sure why, but he continually flies under the radar. If you haven’t checked out his instrumental funk jam “Down at Kit’s”, get it NOW. Practically tops the Meters in my mind. It kicks it old school – and he plays ALL the instruments. Unbelievable.

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