Isaac Russell, “Why”
We here at Rhombus haven’t been shy about our feelings for RuRu — or Isaac Russell, as he’s now known. (No matter what Columbia Records calls him, he’ll always be plain old RuRu to us.) Provo’s own musical prodigy has blessed us all with so many great live shows over the years (not to mention a truly spectacular LP) that it’s going to be a little sad to see him move on to bigger things.
For those of you unschooled in the local music scene, 17-year-old Russell — formerly known as RuRu — just signed a recording deal with Columbia and recently returned from recording his major label debut in Mississippi with industry heavyweight Dennis Herring. (For more details on his big break, check out our original, exclusive report here.) The album should hit stores in early 2010 and then our favorite folkie will be off on who knows how many world tours, visiting places much larger and certainly more interesting than Provo, Utah. And as happy as everyone here at Rhombus is for Isaac and his much-deserved success, we can’t help but be a little sad that things will probably never be quite the same again.
That being said, you should probably take advantage of having Russell here before he’s gone — and that starts tonight! If you have a breath in your body, you should be at this boy wonder’s Columbia signing celebration tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Velour in downtown Provo. Featuring sets from both Russell and local favorite Sayde Price, this evening full of great music will definitely be worth the meager $8 price tag. If you’re having trouble parting with your Washingtons, just consider that you’ll have to pay $40 and brave the abomination that is the E Center (or some similarly awful venue) to see him in just a few short months. Might as well strike while the iron’s hot.
In order to get you psyched for the show, I’ve embedded Russell’s truly superb song “Why” below. The opening track off his excellent 2008 LP Elizabeth, “Why” defines everything great about Isaac’s music and will undoubtedly be stuck in your heads for weeks on end — without ever getting old. And that is what he does best: Outside all of the hype and major label hullabaloo, Isaac Russell writes great songs that affect people’s lives deeply and powerfully. The boy’s not a flash in the pan; He’s the real deal. Stop by Velour tonight and appreciate having this great artist around while you still have the chance. We hope to see you there.
Steve Pierce is editor and co-founder of Rhombus. His Song of the Day feature appears Monday through Friday, showcasing some of the best in local and national music.
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