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When he was 17, Sam Russo and his family moved into a caravan in the dead of winter. The idea was to build a house. Sharing a tiny room with his younger brothers and unable to play amplified, Russo started writing songs in his grandma's spare room on an acoustic guitar. He practiced them under a blanket at the back of the freezing caravan and hasn't been able to stop since. In six months the house was finished, but Russo had only just started building.
A long decade later, Russo has shared a stage with most of his musical heroes. He's played with Lucero, sang alongside Chuck Ragan and Brian Fallon, opened up for Cory Branan and John Snodgrass, played a sell out UK tour with Dan Andriano and Brendan Kelly, trekked across mainland Europe with Bangers and played every British dive with a light bulb in the company of Apologies, I Have None, Crazy Arm and Great Cynics to name a few.
He is also the touring guitarist in the Chicago based super-group, The Falcon.
As well as playing music, Russo writes short fiction and acts.
Sam's favourite food is lobster even though he's only eaten it once, his favourite drink is a margarita and he lists his influences as 'bad writing and ACDC.'
He is also the self-proclaimed Glo-Bowl King of East Anglia and the proud owner of a World's Best Janitor mug (chipped).
For guys like Sam Russo the future is uncertain at best, but he has the grit, humour and heart to endure, the soul to inspire and the drive to improve with every step of his wild journey.
I asked him once why he plays music. He shrugged, looked past me over my shoulder and said 'because I have to.'
As long as I've known Sam Russo there has been one thing driving him to make music, and that's the pursuit of true freedom, to which he dedicates himself daily anew.