Russell Brutsché

"A double-threat songwriter and painter"...Michael Gaither, Songwriter & Host of "The Songs and Stories" Podcast
current video: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

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 new album "California Style" is available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and others, and in hard copy at concerts.

"Brutsché examines modern existential questions, in sixteen tracks with enticing melodies, clear lyrics with a mixture of genres, from folk to rhythm and blues, country to calypso--have listened to it over and over"--Sarah Ringler, Serf City Times 2/4/22

"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

  •  6/30/2022 06:00 PM
  •   846 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

A mini-film festival, celebrating local movies, including 4 of mine! Proceeds go to Our Downtown, Our Future, for building a downtown commons. My art will be available by silent auction.

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  •  6/4/2022 01:00 PM
  •   324 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Join in for a festive, family-friendly demonstration in support of affordable housing and to oppose the construction of a luxury hotel at the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union building and the two adjacent City-owned lots. I'll sing a couple songs about it!! Gather: Saturday, June 4 at 1PM by the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union building at 324 Front Street. Because this is about community, and community is joyous, join us for games, performances, music, calls to togetherness, and art-making. Because this is about stopping something truly reprehensible, we will also have protest signs and fiery speeches, protest songs and games .

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  •  4/9/2022 02:00 PM - 4/10/2022 02:00 PM
  •   133 Glenwood Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Another intimate CD Release Party! Free event, CD's and art available. Most of the seating is sunny...I’d suggest wearing layers, maybe a hat and a cushion. Walk up driveway to redwood gate on right. If it’s rainy, will postpone... There will be seating for only the first 30 that show up--having it on 2 days helps spread attendance out! Doors open 1:30 pm. If you’re planning to attend, an email would help for planning, but we can’t hold seats in advance.

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  •  3/26/2022 12:30 PM
  •   5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA

I'll be showcasing songs from my new CD, along with Aireene Espiritu and several other songwriters.

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  •  3/20/2022 02:00 PM
  •   Shanty Shack

Putting an initiative on the ballot to keep Farmers' Market & Downtown Library where they are! We are throwing a party to mark our progress and get ready for the LAST BIG PUSH for signatures! We are almost there. We hope you will be able to come! I'll sing a few songs and screen new video "Santa Cruz Girl".

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  •  2/13/2022 02:00 PM - 2/13/2022 02:30 PM
  • Online Event

Host Rachel Goodman and I will talk about my new album California Style--I'll play a few cuts live from my studio!

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  •  10/9/2021 11:00 AM - 10/17/2021 05:00 PM
  •   133 Glenwood Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 USA

Sat-Sun Oct 9-10-16-17, 11-5 pm. I'll have new paintings, also prints, cards, CD's. I'll also be hosting artist Beloved Bolton--come see!

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  •  8/15/2021 06:30 PM
  •   612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

PUSH The Film will be shown one time in Santa Cruz at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, August 15, 6:30 pm. The movie will be preceded by discussions about the future of the city. Russell Brutsché will perform.

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  •  5/21/2021 12:00 PM - 7/25/2021 05:00 PM
  •   705 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

My art is featured in the permanent collection at MAH, celebrating 25 years of history. Other pieces include David Hockney, Nathan Oliveira. Please check MAH website for hours.

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  •  4/22/2021 03:07 PM
  •   Cathcart Street & Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Celebrate Earth Day downtown, April 24, 1 to 5 pm, corner Cathcart and Cedar. Music by Russell Brutsché, Michael Levy and Peter Weiss, Elie Mabanza, Anthony Arya, and Gina René. Art exhibit, art tables, and lots of info about community activities. Event is free. Masks and social distancing required. Bring your own chair and water. See you there! Please share. Organized by the Downtown Commons Association and the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network.

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  •  9/4/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Be Heart Now, 330 Ingalls St

New work will be shown, 'The Jacks Are Back", as part of First Friday events.

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  • $10.00
  •  2/15/2020 07:00 PM
  •   Coyote Crossing, RSVP zw@coho.org for location

Original songs by Russell Brutsché, Peter Weiss, Michael Levy, with Gail Swain. Event is a benefit for Stop0 the Santa Cruz Recalls.

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  • $10.00
  •  2/14/2020 07:00 PM
  •   612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Valentine's Day Singalong--mostly golden oldies!

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  •  10/5/2019 11:00 AM - 10/20/2019 05:00 PM
  •   133 Glenwood Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

My studio will be open Sat-Sun Oct 5, 6, 19, 20, 11 to 5 p.m. Come on by!

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  • $10.00
  •  9/28/2019 02:00 PM
  •   612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Healer Trio is Gail Swain, Claire Paul, & Karen Katz, vocals, and Russell Brutsché, guitar. I will also do a solo set of some of my new material.

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  • $10.00
  •  8/28/2019 07:30 PM
  •   Michael's on Main, Capitola

Original tunes that will tickle your brain and funny bone Wed. Aug. 28 at 7:30pm $10 adv./$10 door seated <21 w/parent Join us for the launch of “Folking Funny”. Janet Croteau, the creator of “Women Who Folking Rock” is joined by witty, clever songsters: Russell Brutsche, Michael Gaither, Hannah Cooper, and Midyne Spear.

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  •  7/28/2019 08:00 AM
  •   Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

This year I painted the poster!! If you'd like one, they are $25--email me! The Wharf to Wharf Race is a 6 mile footrace from the Santa Cruz Wharf to the Capitola Wharf. 2019 marks the 47th annual running of the iconic event. All proceeds go directly back to the the running community and the youth of Santa Cruz County.

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  •  6/4/2019 10:00 AM

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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  •  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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  •  6/2/2019 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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  • $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 - 11/9/2018 07:01 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 - 9/23/2018 07:20 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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  •  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'

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