email: monkeymix7 AT hotmail.com
Russ grew up in the Muscle Shoals area of Northwest Alabama .
He was born into a musical family that encouraged him to pursue
his love for music from an early age. At age twelve, Russ received
his first drum set and quickly began to form bands with other musicians.
He found many of his musical companions in the high school marching
band of which he was a member. Russ played in numerous rock bands
throughout his high school and college years.
In 1996, Russ enrolled at the University of North Alabama . As
he was developing his percussive skills by performing in various
percussion ensembles, he began looking for something more and pursued
a degree in commercial music. He enrolled in as many music production
and recording classes as he could. This training eventually led
to a job opportunity when one of the instructors hired Russ to
work in their pro audio retail store. There, Russ developed his
skills both in the recording end and in the live end of professional
audio. He worked in many of the Muscle Shoals area recording studios
making records with local bands and songwriters. Concurrently,
Russ began working for different live sound reinforcement companies
around the southeast as a system tech, then moving to a mixing
In 2001, Russ became the road manager/FOH engineer for the regional
touring act, ShagaDoo. He left the band in the fall of 2002 and
began working full time for Majik Sound Productions, a professional
staging, lighting and sound company based in the Tupelo, MS area.
With Majik, Russ traveled across the south as FOH or monitor engineer
for major festivals and concerts.
Russ spent most of 2003 recording the CD, “At The Table” with the “Heart
of Gold Band.” In 2004 he is performing again and handling a percussive
role when the band plays live.