Bassist Brad Russell Debuts CD LET'S HEAR IT, Feat. Joe Satriani
Much to the excitement of bass players around the world, bass guitar virtuoso Brad Russell has released his debut solo album 'Let's Hear It!' on Steve Vai's Digital Nations label. Featuring guitar legend Joe Satriani, 'Let's Hear It!' explores musical frontiers where no bassist has gone before! Brad is a true bass hero and his debut CD is a solid sampling of creative cutting edge "lead" rock bass playing. Russell taps, slaps and shreds his four-string bass, sounding more like a six string guitar – fans of Billy Sheehan will not be disappointed. Brad's solos bring to mind Vai and Jeff Beck more than they do other bass players. Along with guitar great Joe Satriani, who joins Russell for a heavy shred fest, drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Santana, Ringo Starr's All Star Band) provides rhythmic genius on all tracks.
Born in Detroit, Brad Russell (aka Russo) was raised in a musically diverse household. He recalls, "My brothers listening to everything from JAmes Brown to Aerosmith and my mom spinning Bill Evans or Stan Getz records." After studying acoustic bass in high school, Brad attended the University of Miami's school of music and received a master's degree. He later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked for Shrapnel/Blues Bureau records producer Mike Varney. Brad has performed/recorded with a variety of artists such as: Mariah Carey, Clarence Clemmons, Greg Allman, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Rick Derringer, Jack DeJohnette, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Lonnie Smith, Billy Preston and many others. Currently living in NYC, Brad has also performed for the Broadway musicals 'Jersey Boys' and 'Grease'.
"I became involved with Digital Nations through my association with Joe Satriani," Brad explains. "Since Joe played on my CD, I asked him if he could give a copy to Steve Vai and he did! Steve really liked it and signed me to Digital Nations."