The Local 913: Best of 2018 Guy Russo

 
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For the month of December, we’re focusing on some of our favorite local albums of 2018. This week, we’re focusing on singer songwriter Guy Russo.

Formerly one half of the indie-folk do Broken Fences, Guy Russo was first drawn to the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Metallica. Although, that’s not where his musicality landed:

“When I was 16 I discovered Joni Mitchell. I realized that I’m a sensitive soul and not a very aggressive person. Over time, my musical style shifted more towards that affect.”

While he was attending Carnegie Mellon, Russo realized he would need to figure out his plan post-graduation with his non-marketable degrees in linguistics and music. 

“I was hanging around campus and met the piano tuner for the school, his name is Peter and he’s also the piano tuner for the Pittsburgh Symphony. I asked him if he would get coffee with me and talk about his career. It turned out to be very well suited for me. To be independent, work with your hands and work with your instruments; you can carve out a pretty solid career. I’ve been doing it for 9 years now.”

Guy Russo’s new album “Part of It All,” comes out 5 years after Broken Fences’ dissolution. He credits a local Pittsburgh recording studio’s generous gift in reigniting his desire to record music. 

“As a wedding gift, The Treelady guys, Garrett Haynes and Dave Hidek, gave me some studio time. That seemed like the impetus I needed from the universe to get my act together and start recording.”

More on Guy Russo is at his website.

Listen to our full conversation The Local 913 Podcast.

Photo by Cory Morton. 

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