Starting Rumours - The Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute w/ Jessye DaSilva & Mary Casiello & Dann Russo
Acoustic rock and soul, with lyrics designed to alternately lift you up and break your heart and guitar playing designed to break strings.
Dann has had the fortune of playing some amazing places, in front of and with some amazing people. He's been a finalist at the Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge in Cambridge, MA, 4 times and has won once. (this is the inspiration for "Pixie Girls") He's played shows in Dublin, Ireland, Barcelona, Spain, Toronto, Canada, as well as up and down the North East corridor of the USA.
He's played in bands with some amazing people - Antonio's Crush, Brother Rabbitt, The Whisky - all of whom have influenced his playing, writing, and, especially, the song "My Friends' Band Play."
He's been known to rock the house as well as to bring it down to a whisper. Mainly, he likes to have fun on stage. And bring the crowd along with him.
"whether he's playing a rockin song or a quiet song there is this childlike energy and fun in everything he does on stage" - Tom Bianchi, host, Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge.
Americana taken up a notch. "Arena singer-songwriter." Thoughtful expressive intimate lyrics over a guitar that ranges from lightning speed to a gentle caress.
"Dann Russo... is always a power house. Dann brings the rock and roll... with the power and energy he always does" - host, Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge.
"Remember the sweet acoustic guitar player who sits in a chair and finger picks pretty little songs. Um, that's not Dann the Mann! I've seen few people play so hard and so tight" - listener review
"The songs Russo sings aren't merely sung, they're sung to you specifically...the line dividing audience from performer is hair-thin...It's shamelessly melodic, however, pop-skill doesn't preclude the need to rock out." - CNC Music Productions.
A little alt, a little classic, a smidge country and all rock.
Erin Dionne wrote a book entitled "Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies" and it was picked up by Penguin/Putnam and published in February, 2009...during the writing process, she asked Dann if she could put his song "Ruby Red Hair" in her book. Of course the answer was YES! Then, when her editor and agent found out that "Theo Christmas" was a real person, they asked Dann to write a song for the book. Thus, "Dreaming Without You" was born - and is sung by Theo Christmas on page 236 of "Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies" and what else would you name an album that has songs sung by Theo Christmas except for "Presents"?