While most U.S. based singer-songwriters work on building a Stateside fan base in the hopes of someday playing for audiences overseas, Russ Glenn’s career began with an impromptu performance Down Under. While studying Resource and Environmental Management at a college in Australia, the Southern California bred Glenn was at a club late one night when the house band ran out of songs. They asked for volunteers to come up and play, and he got up and jammed on one of his favorite songs, Jane’s Addiction’s “Jane Says.” Now, some years later, he has recorded that song among ten originals and a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” on A Brand New Earth, his third and latest independent release.
Glenn has racked up a lot of frequent flier miles between that first stage appearance and today. Fashioning a true troubadour lifestyle, he has performed over the years everywhere from California to South Carolina and everywhere in between. Critics and tastemakers have remarked that he “writes melodic, soothing odes that crawl inside the recesses of your subconscious and root there for days at a time” (Indoorfireworks.blogspot.com) and have compared him to “a fiery version of Van Morrison” (Greencafe.com).
Glenn is now proud to be a Texan, living in the Hill Country outside of Austin. “Russ Glenn delivers succinct, memorable messages in his writing, and the musicianship breathes crisp, organic life into his creations.” –Chip Withrow, Musesmuse.com