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Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan in the Haymarket Lounge - 7/12/18Thursday, July 12 2018 6:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan in the Haymarket Lounge - 7/12/18
at The Haymarket Lounge
TICKETS ARE $10.00 IN ADVANCE & $12.00 AT THE DOOR
The Elevator Speech
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to bluegrass bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies, and singing cowboys. Lesser performers might stumble or sound fake, but driven by Claudia’s expressive voice and distinctive guitar style, it all comes together beautifully.
Claudia has a knack for crafting tightly written songs that carry you to the sweet spots of youth and the autumn colors of growing older. Kaplan’s melodic accompaniment, on mandolin and electric guitar, is spot-on. All of this is served up with a generous helping of homespun humor and shaggy dog stories, making for a heartfelt and humorous evening of deeply engaging music.
Russell and Kaplan tour most often as a duo but also as a trio or quartet with Carl Byron and Tom Talley and as a member of the quartet Paper Birds with Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon.
Kudos and Compliments
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote, "Russell has a voice that was born for folk music – she breaks hearts." Russell has won numerous other accolades including Best New Artist from WUMB FM in Boston, Best Musician in the East Bay Express Reader’s Poll, 2x Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Finalist, and high praise in Sing Out, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. Paul Zollo, a senior editor of American Songwriter magazine, called her latest CD, All Our Luck Is Changing, “a masterpiece.”