Russell Brutsché

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

CURRENT VIDEO: "FREEDOM IS A GHOST TOWN"

Biography


Biography
SONGS
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 released 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

PAINTINGS
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

CALENDAR/EVENTS


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  • 6/2/2019 02:00 PM
  • 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA

Songwriters At Play holds showcases every Sunday, 1-4 pm at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, 805-226-8881. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set, and others playing 4-song sets. We pass the tip jar during the featured set, otherwise no cover. All ages are welcome.

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  • 6/3/2019 06:30 PM
  • 601 Embarcadero # 5, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Showcases are Mondays 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. The showcase includes one featured act, playing a 45-minute set to close out the night, and others playing 4-song sets. No cover charge, but we pass the tip bucket for the featured act. 21 & Over Only.

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  • 6/4/2019 06:00 PM

The contest runs 6:30-9pm at Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, (805) 772-8388. No cover charge. 21 & Over Only. Last month I won Best overall! I've been invited to compete for the $500 grand prize in the finals on June 4.

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  • $15.00
  • 4/19/2019 07:00 PM
  • Resource Center for Nonviolence Community Room 612 Ocean St Santa Cruz CA 95060

Music of Peace, Love and Social Justice: Songs that Inspire, Heal, Energize and Connect. Come away with Full Hearts! Healer Trio is Gail Swain, Claire Paul, & Karen Katz, vocals, and Russell Brutsché, guitar Gail Swain: “Acappella Goddess”...Joan Baez Healer Trio: ”Tight harmonies & joyful rhythms”...Steve Bare Featuring Richard Salzberg & Al Globus vocal, guitar & piano Healer Trio: ”This is glorious”...Jeffrey Bell, flamenco guitarist

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  • 3/20/2019 06:00 PM
  • RCNV, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz 95060

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

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  • $75.00
  • 2/22/2019 07:30 PM - 2/23/2019 04:00 PM
  • 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

Critical scholars Karen Bray, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wesleyan College, and Whitney Bauman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, address implications of impending human extinction. Time for conversations and refreshment. I'll be performing several songs, and exhibiting paintings. More info: Jim Weller, jweller@cruzio.com

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  • $675.00
  • 1/24/2019 03:00 PM - 1/28/2019 11:00 AM
  • Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria

A supportive coming-together of songwriters, pro & beginner! Workshops, song-sharing--put together your own program. I'll be showing my art, and talking about how it informs my writing.

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  • $10.00
  • 11/9/2018 07:00 PM
  • RCNV, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz 95060

New songs, personal as well as political.

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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 Friday Nov 9, 7 pm, 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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  • 9/22/2018 03:00 PM
  • Walnut Commons Co-Housing, 190 Walnut Av, Santa Cruz CA 95060

Please join us at our Garage Alternatives Party, 3-5pm on Saturday, September 22 at the Walnut Commons Co-Housing, 190 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. Our guest speaker is reporter Melanie Curry of California Streetsblog, speaking on the Gap Between our Climate Goals and our Transportation Policy. There will be food to eat and drinks to drink. (Consider bringing whatever drink you like.) And Rus Brutsché will be there with his guitar to provide music and songs. Please join us. Help us sabotage the Taj Garage! (text from Peter Scott at CFST)

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  • 9/19/2018 05:30 PM
  • 621 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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

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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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  • 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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  • $0.00
  • 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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CDs, Download Cards, Art Prints and Cards Available at Performances. Downloadable songs and CDs are also available from CD Baby online https://store.cdbaby/Artist/RussellBrutsche'

Contact


  • Santa Cruz, California, United States
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