Fairbanks Daily News Miner – Fairbanks, Alaska
“With a stage name like Ukulele Russ, one might imagine Hawaiian shirts and inoffensive luau music or maybe a bunch of kid-friendly songs espousing the benefits of making friends and learning to tie shoes. But that’s about as far away from reality as possible.”
Colin Peacock interviews a survivalist and ukulele virtuoso from Fairbanks, Alaska, who makes his second visit here for masterclasses, workshops and concerts in Auckland, and plays two songs live on his ukulele, U-bass, loopers, and harmonica.
“Funky and fun, Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars entertain and lay down some serious grooves.”
“Daybreak got a unique treat Friday, as Alaska’s ukulele wild man brought his layers of looping guitar riffs and vocals for a Mic Check in the Morning.”
“Not only is Ukulele Russ a great musician and performer, but his schtick is perfectly suited for the venue in which he performed. He engaged the audience, talked to the crowd, cracked jokes and even managed to diffuse an obnoxious drunk. He’s energetic, funny and genuinely enjoyable.”
“A great blues style, a great voice, dark humour and most of all, a player who prefers to do things his way rather than what some people prefer to dictate.”
“He’s an engaging storyteller, frank and funny (and maybe a little crass) but overall highly entertaining.”
The Sunshine Coast Ukulele Fest – Kenilworth, Queensland – Australia.
“The show includes Russ’ own take on well-known classics and TV show themes, as well as original songs about his Alaskan home.”
“A real foot tapper of a backing riff, terrific rhythmic vocals a middle section showcasing Russ’ talent on the harmonica (which is sensational) and some imaginative and exciting blues ukulele riffs.”