The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars Los Gatos, CA
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Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan / Misner & Smith
Two folk/Americana duos, together in one spectacular evening at The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars. The chemistry sizzles, the strings dazzle and the harmonies will give you goosebumps when you join us for the double bill of Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan and Misner & Smith.
About Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan traverse the vast Americana musical landscape, stopping at wondrous landmarks along the wayfrom the Smoky Mountains to Smokey Robinson. Russell's songwriting ranges from straight ahead fingerpicking blues to earnest folk pop, to California style bluegrass to Western Swing with a nod to the greats like Bob Wills and Texas Ruby. Lesser singers might stumble, or sound fake and uninspired. But Russell and Kaplan possess an uncanny ability to get behind each song and make it heartfelt and moving. Powered by Russell's expressive voice and signature guitar tunings, Kaplan adds just the right accompaniment on mandolin and guitar to bring the songs home and leave you with a big "Wow!"
The duo is about to release its fourth CD, "All Our Luck Is Changing," produced by Peter Case.
"I took in a Claudia Russell and the Folk Unlimited Orchestra concert at Two Way Street this evening, and I have to tell you that it was spectacular (as Claudia always is). If you haven't seen Claudia Russell and her band, RUN, DON'T WALK, to the next concert. You won't be disappointed. They're terrific." Suzyn Mills - Acoustic Renaissance Concerts - Chicago IL
"Berkeley's own Claudia Russell is a smoky-voiced thrush able to deliver a cosmopolitan lounge blues or a bluegrass romp with equal aplomb. She also is a fine guitar picker and songwriter, with tunes like "Oh California" and "Just Like You" sounding like ready-made Americana hits. Her impressive melding of pop, country, folk, bluegrass, swing and classical American songwriting mark Russell as an original talent with an impressively eclectic vision." j. poet, East Bay Express
About Misner & Smith Misner & Smith are a gem of a musical pairing, offering a refreshing take on contemporary acoustic music. Their powerful harmonies and perfectly blended voices fit within classic American traditions, and their songwriting and storytelling transport the listener to a world of their creation. That is the hallmark of any songwriter worth his or her salt, but Misner & Smith have a truly unique quality in the chemistry of their duets that sets them apart from the field. Just when you thought you'd heard all that the Americana/Folk revival could show you, Misner & Smith bring a freshness and lyrical vitality you won't find anywhere else.
"Their ease on stage is matched in their effortless performance and clean musicianship. And so with a timeless San Francisco sound but revitalized imagery in their ever-poetic songwriting, Misner & Smith are a duo not to be missed." Dejah Léger - Hearth Music (Seattle, WA)
"There are many duos around like this couple, but to my ears, with their top quality original songs, distinctive vocals and stage presence, they stand out from the pack." Laura Bethell - Maverick Magazine (UK)
The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars (View)
16905 Roberts Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032