Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hey there folks!  

I left out an important date this month.  Michael Hearne and I will be playing a songwriter series on Sunday evening at Crossroad's in Fredericksburg, TX.  on Sunday January 26th! Hope you can join us!  Shake

Friday, January 10, 2020

After saying farewell to 2019 and the past decade at Anderson Fair
on New Year's Eve with Ken Gaines, Wayne Wilkerson, and Matt Harlan,
now here comes 2020—A New Year— A New Decade!

Well it was time for a change, so after living 20 years in Austin and Dripping Springs,
we (Dee and I) made a new move back to Houston in November. So as you can
imagine, we’ve been busy unpacking boxes for the past couple of months and
settling in. It’s good to be back in Houston!

Our first show of the year at McGonigel's Mucky Duck on Jan. 4 was a
sellout! Michael Hearne was back from New Mexico and Colorado
joining me and Mike Roberts for a great evening of music. Thank you
all for coming out so soon after New Year's Eve show to help make it a success.

—So now it’s time to get back to work—-
Saturday Jan.11 we will be performing at the Backyard Gruene House Concert
series hosted by Sandi and Rod Mueller.This will be our third visit to this wonderful venue.
Music starts at 3 pm. Looks like this concert is about sold out!

Hello South Austin —
On Monday night Jan. 13 , I will return with Michael Hearne to El Mercado for
"Mystery Monday" hosted by Christine Albert. Downbeat at 7:30 pm.  Come on out,
never a cover and good Mexican food and great music! It’s big fun on a Monday night!!
I hope to see you there.

On Sat. January 18th, Michael and I play a small and private house concert.......sssshhhhh,
can't say where it is as it is a surprise!

Speaking of El Mercado, I have been invited back as a guest songwriter by the great
John Inmon.  That will be Wednesday, January 22th and music starts at 7:30.  Make
your plans to come early for good seats and a evening of music with John Inmon and
his band.  I always have fun playing with John!

On Jan. 25th, we return to Frank and Judy Golden’s ‘Olive Hill House ‘Concert series.
With this visit we will be celebrating the Golden’s 50th Wedding Anniversary! They truly
are ‘Two Silver hearts.’ Congratulations Frank and Judy!! One night only— so make your
reservations now although it usually sells out as soon as she puts the word out.. We are
blessed by guests wanting to come see us still!!  It’s always an up-close and personal
setting for music at The Golden’s.

Besides getting back to work performing,  I am also working on new songs for my next Cd
and a couple of new projects this year. There’s a new solo live concert recorded at the
Mucky Duck called “Story and Song’’along with archival extras, pics, old video footage
from back in the day, etc...It will cover a lot of my musical history. It will be released this year.
I also will be working on a new calendar/songbook for 2021. Besides being a calendar
with photos for each month, it will include a twelve song songbook (one song for each month)
with chords and lyrics to each song. Stay tuned!  As you see, it’s going to be a busy year.
So Happy New Year everyone!!
I will see you all soon!


Saturday, December 21, 2019


(Just me and my guitar and a suitcase 🧳 full of stories.)

I will be performing a solo show at JP Hops House this coming Saturday night December 21.
So, if you live in the Westheimer Highway 6 area come on out and request your favorite
songs, have a brew, bring a friend or two, and see if you can ‘stump the band’.
The music starts at 8pm.  I hope to see you all there! For more info go to!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

P.S.  Mark the calendars to bring in the New Year with me, sip some champagne and ring in 2020!  A
new decade!  I'm playing the great Anderson Fair, for reservations!

Sent from my iPad

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hello Houston! Howdy everyone!
Here is a shout out to let you know I will be back in town this Friday night Oct. 4
for a ‘Saturday on a Friday night’ show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, a great and
comfortable venue for listening to live music.

I will have special guest— John Inmon—guitarist extraordinaire—sitting in along
with Mike Roberts on bass.  John is an old friend from way back in the days
when Austin was home for all the cosmic cowboys. John was part of the Lost
Gonzo Band along with Bob Livingston and Gary P Nunn who were the backing
band for Michael Murphy and Jerry Jeff Walker.  In more recent years John also
toured with Jimmy LaFave.  John is also a very fine songwriter and producer.
He produced and played on my CD released in 2008 “What This Heart Holds”,
and recently we’ve been back in the studio working on new tracks for a future release.
I am always excited to share the stage with him.  If you haven’t heard John you need to
come out and hear us together.

So take some time and drop on by this Friday.  Come early and have dinner.  Music
starts at 7:30.—Hope to see you there.


Monday, August 26, 2019

'Friday on a Tuesday  Night"  With Shake Russell

Hey everyone in the Houston's a heads up to let you know I will be performing at Mcgonigel's Mucky Duck Tuesday night August 27th.  It will be one of my rare solo shows.  I will be knocking the dust off of a lot of tunes I haven't played in a while, along with your favories and requests!

The show is being recorded by Joshua Daughtery.  A thumb drive of the evenings performance will be made available for purchase immediately following the show.  The stereo recording along with graphics and the set list is included.  Josh always does a great job of recording the performance and putting together a superb package and souvenir of the night to take home with you!  This will be a one time deal!  Be sure and pick up a one of a kind, one night only live recording of the show.  Then you can say, "Hey, I was there!  Hear that person yelling for one more?  Well, that's me!!"

Music starts at 7:30 PM.  Come on out and have dinner and a cocktail and sit back and listen to some music and the stories behind them.

I hope to see you there.  Thanks,


Friday, June 21, 2019


Last week I traveled to Chapel Hill, NC. to be part of the magnificent wedding and reception of Harper Rae Jones and Tyson Creech.  There were over 300 guests, friends, and family converged upon The Fearrington Ranch “The Barn” in Pittsboro, NC. (just a little South of Chapel Hill) to celebrate and congratulate and wish the best for the newlyweds. Michael Hearne and I, along with Susan Douglass Taylor, Carey Taylor, and Dan Harlow performed during the cocktail hour on “The Terrace”.  After which the party made its way to ‘The Barn’, —lit with thousands of lights—-where dinner was served.  After dinner, the band —Liquid Pleasure—provided the high energy funky dance music. Then the band took a short break for the cutting of the cake.

After the cake cutting—- Michael and I performed a song we had written for the wedding— “SWEET HARPER RAE “(told from Tyson’s perspective). The bride and groom stood before us as we sang the song, listened and smiled, and laughed to each other at certain lyrics as if saying “hey, how did they know that??” Harper's dad told me everything.  Harper Rae and Tyson loved the song and that’s what counted, so I felt good and that the song had reached and hit its mark. It was indeed a night to remember!!


Getting back to Texas was a Father’s Day to remember! Thanks to a never ending storm over Houston, our three hour, nonstop flight home, scheduled to leave at 6:30 and arrive@8:30pm... touched down at 3am. Because of storms and torrential rain, many flights had been delayed and grounded through Houston all day long. Our flight ready to land in Houston was diverted to Lafayette for refueling and further instructions. When we finally arrived in Houston there were long, long, long, long lines for everything—-baggage claims, people waiting to board their flight at 3:30am, and people outside waiting for taxis—a hundred or more deep.  People were sleeping wherever they could in the terminal—-it was a mess. I felt fortunate we made it out with luggage and guitar in hand.

As we stood at the end of a very, very long line waiting for a taxi, I am thinking we will be here for another couple of hours in this line....when a young Rastafarian gentleman, dressed in a chauffeur’s suit, strolled up and asked where we were going and if we needed a Taxi?
We gave him our destination—-he gave us a price—we loaded everything in his limousine—-and we were off into the night—-listening to some reggae hip hop on the radio and making our way home.  By the way, we wish to thank the pilots of our United Flight from Raleigh, NC a thank you getting through some rough and bumpy weather with lightning all around and landing safely on the ground. 


Now, I’m back home in Texas, sipping lemonade in the shade, and trying to stay out of the heat—getting ready for upcoming shows.

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 22 I will be heading to the gulf coast playing with Michael Hearne in Palacios, TX, @ THE OUTRIGGER. We haven’t been in the area for awhile. This is our first visit to this venue, so we’re sending an invitation out and hoping to see some you folks. Show time 7:15pm

We will be appearing in Fulshear, TX. “THE HANSHAWS” opening at 4:15pm,  our sets at 5:15 and 7:30pm. The House Concert is hosted in the beautiful home of Belinda and Buddy Williams. Our visit last year was a fantastic Sunday evening!

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Michael Hearne, Mike Roberts and I will be returning to “The Bugle Boy” in LaGrange, TX. We always have a great time there, plus there is live streaming going on!  So come on out and hear us live, or if you can’t, just go online-to to make your reservation to download and watch and hear us at home. The show starts at 8pm.

I hope to see you there,

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Hey! What’s Going On: OK folks, I know it’s been a while since you
last heard from me. I apologize, but I’ve been busy playing all sorts
of concerts, allover Texas the past several months.Spring sprang and
sprung and all of a sudden I look up and summertime is walking around
the corner. I have also been writing and recording new songs with Michael
Hearne @John Inmon’s Studio. So expect some new music this year!

Past Live Shows:
Last month we played the Kessler neighborhood fundraiser up in Dallas to
help raise funding to fight City Hall for my old friend Michael Coghlan. His 
neighborhood is fighting with a nearby, encroaching, agreement breaking
hospital, trying to expand into their neighborhood. We volunteered to help out
and entertain everyone for this event. We sat up on the patio roof top over the 
garage and played to the par-tiers on the lawn below. We were “The Second 
Story Men” for the evening. We opened  with “Up On The Roof” and closed
with “Rain on the Roof”. The evening was a success! The fight carries on. They 
raised $9,000 with their auction! Glad we could be part of the resistance!!

A couple of weeks ago we performed at Sandy Frey’s first house concert she
has hosted in several years. There was a brand new stage built for the occasion
and lights strung across the trees to welcome guests who arrived.There was an
air of celebration in a magical setting. Weather was threatening but cooperated
and held back for the show. It was also a 90th birthday salute and celebration to
Sandy’s mom Ms. Betty Frey. A huge “Happy Birthday” banner donned the stage,
relatives from all over, as far away as Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa were there; along
with the regular music lovers on Sandy’s email list to enjoy the evening and the
music and wish Betty the very best on her most memorable birthday. Thank you
Sandy, Kathy, Steve and Bob for all your hard work.

The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston was standing room only! Michael Hearne
and I jammed through the night. I saw several old friends and did a little time tripping
too.  It was a good, satisfying drive home.

On Memorial Day weekend -Sunday-the Trio played to over 400 people @Bernhardt
Winery in Plantersville, TX. It was a beautiful afternoon in the natural little amphitheater.
It was 90 degrees but a breeze was blowing and the canopy of the trees provided
shade for all. There was a salute to Veterans and our flag before the music began, and
a ‘sunset toast’  led by Jerry and Jerri Bernhardt. The dance floor was full all evening long.
Dogs ran free too!

Our return concert at The 4STAR Concert Hall In Brenham was a sellout show which was
also available for the first time on down stream for folks at home. Unfortunately Michael
Hearne was on grandpa duty business, awaiting the birth of his new grandchild and missed
the show. Mike Roberts and I carried on and the crowd was very supportive and sent Michael
congratulations and well wishes. Matthew Michael Naftis ....welcome to the world!! He arrived at
10:30 as we were just about closing the evening. Congratulations Sarah and Matt and Gramps.

The show on Saturday in Johnson City @The 290 Vinery was a full house of wine sipping,
music loving folk. Hey, even Grandpa made the show! It’s great to see this family run business
blossom and grow and everyone supporting it. We want to thank Mark Stevens, Warren, Alison,
and Susan, and all of you for coming out and making it possible.

The next afternoon I performed a solo unplugged concert at Julia and Randy Sulsor's beautiful
home in Elgin, TX. I played in their living room for about 60 people. No sound system no
microphone...just me and my guitar. It was almost like how I play at home except at home
I don’t have 60 people watching and listening. For me it is the most natural way to perform.

Also——-My solo shows at The Duck “Friday on a Tuesday night” have been well attended and
a lot of fun. I hope to have a few more over the summer. I will keep you updated on upcoming shows,
next one August 27th.  You can  check the Ducks website for more info. or for my live shows.

Shows Coming up:
This Saturday June 8 - The Trio is back, Michael Hearne and I with Mike Roberts will be returning to
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. The Duck provides an intimate dinner theater setting, so come early and
have dinner, sit back and enjoy the music. Music starts at 7:30 pm. I hope to see you there.

On Sunday Michael Hearne and I head to New Braunfels  for a ‘Songwriter Show’ House Concert at
Cypress Woods House Concerts.   It will be an up front, close and personal, with lots of stories of
where songs came from, what inspired them, and wild tales from the road,kind of show. We will be
taking questions and notes. Doors at 4:15, music at 5:00 pm.  Shared meal between sets. Email to receive an invitation.  Email will be sent to confirm reservation
with specific address.  Suggested donation $20.00. Were gonna have some fun!
Peace,   Shake