James Eugene Russell

For most of his twenties, Minnesota musician James Eugene Russell spent his days zigzagging the country in various vans playing in hard working punk bands like Cadillac Blindside, The Book of Dead Names, and The Cardinal Sin. He then began exploring new sounds with his country rock outfit, Prairie Sons. After Prairie Sons disbanded, James spent over a decade absent from the music scene dealing with alcoholism, becoming a father, and finally finding sobriety.

His first release as a solo artist, As/Is (2021) showcases a collection of four songs that suggest James has a much clearer head and a lot to get off his chest. They are four of the many songs that James picked and penned out while on the couch during the past ten years, and having no idea on how they would ever come to fruition.

This past decade’s struggles have shaped James into the introspective and mature singer/songwriter that he is today, making songs that shine stripped down solo, as well as with a band. Drawing from the venerable classic country music genre as well as his own punk rock narrative, James Eugene Russell melds all of his life experience into a sound that he describes as “country midwestern”. As/Is is a truthful, gut-wrenching journey through his last decade of change, so buckle up and listen.

Past Shows


Aug
30
th
2023
Turf Club
Aug
30
th
2023
Turf Club

Gram Parsons 'GP' 50th Anniversary Tribute Show

featuring Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band
with Maura Dunst and James Eugene Russell
Apr
21
st
2023
Turf Club
Apr
21
st
2023
Turf Club

James Eugene Russell

'As/Is' Vinyl Release
with Faith Boblett and LAAMAR
Jan
7
th
2023
Turf Club
Jan
7
th
2023
Turf Club

Eleganza! and LazyLightning420

with James Eugene Russell
Mar
19
th
2022
7th St Entry
Mar
19
th
2022
7th St Entry

Dave Hause & The Mermaid

with James Eugene Russell

More Shows

Aug
30
th
Turf Club

Purple Funk Metropolis, Dylan Salfer and Lighter Co.

Nov
10
th
Turf Club

Hackensaw Boys

Sep
3
rd
7th St Entry

Taylor McCall

Oct
14
th
Fine Line

julie

with They Are Gutting A Body of Water and Her New Knife