Russell Brutsché

"A double-threat songwriter and painter"...Michael Gaither, Songwriter & Host of "The Songs and Stories" Podcast



Pictured here receiving first place in MARS 2015 Songwriting Competition, Russell writes songs of personal and social transformation. Inspired by playing warm-up for Van Morrison, Brutsché toured Canada in the 80's with Small Town Band. In 2014 Nashville performer/producer Kacey Jones  covered "Climbed A Hill" from his CD Restless Heart, and Mike Greenleaf will be releasing his version of Brutsché's "Westbound" in summer 2018. Brutsché's recent album "Bucket of Gold" is available in CD and also download card, at performances and through CD Baby.

"Interesting juxtapositions of historical icons...underneath much of Brutsché's work is a critique of a consumerist society and how we spend our days in its thrall"--Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel 5/6/10

Russell has been painting since early childhood. He attended San Jose State University, graduating with scholarship honors in fine art in1968, and has since been in numerous one-person and group shows throughout California, Colorado, Arizona and Japan. In 2001 he had a one-person exhibit at the Museum of Northeast Nevada, as featured in VIA magazine. In 2008 his illustrations were used as book covers for novels "Iowa Terror" and "Guests of the Nation" by author Mike Palecek, and in 2017 for "Love in a Time of Climate Change" by Sharon Delgado. His art has been featured on CDs by Mike McKinley, Kacey Jones, Perry Devine and Laurie Jennings/Dana Keller among others. Please visit gallery on this site.

"Beyond just capturing natural beauty on canvas, his majestic scenes include subtle juxtapositions, suffused by his passion for shedding light on socio-cultural ironies and injustices in the world"--Santa Cruz Good Times 10/4/12


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  • 7/27/2018 06:30 PM
  • RCNV, 612 Ocean St Sant Cruz CA

6:30 – 8:00: Grand Opening with Jazz and refreshments 8:00 to 9:30 Art & Politics: Moving Forward – A Community Conversation

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  • 8/3/2018 06:00 PM
  • RCNV, 612 Ocean St Santa Cruz CA

FIRST FRIDAY Reception: ARRT and the Pursuit of Hope, an Exhibit: July 14 – August 29

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  • 11/2/2018 05:00 PM - 12/31/2018 01:00 PM
  • RCNV, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

New work will be shown, as part of First Friday events. Also, I will be doing a CONCERT OF MY ORIGINAL SONGS there one evening during the two-month exhibit, featuring songs you haven't heard! Prints, cards and CDs will be available. RCNV regular hours are M-Th 12-4 pm.

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  • 6/27/2018 07:00 PM
  • 621 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Fun progressive community event, featuring all levels of performance. Potluck at 5, music at 7.

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  • $12
  • 4/17/2018 07:30 PM
  • 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA, USA

Three Santa Cruz songwriters share their original songs

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  • $10
  • 2/18/2018 12:00 AM
  • 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

CDs, Download Cards, Art Prints and Cards Available at Performances


  • Santa Cruz, California, United States
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