Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Howdy Folks, it is Wednesday October 20th , striking midnight and I’m sending my blog!

Played some fun sold-out shows this month, lots of fun down in Palacious at The Outrigger.  And enjoyed the company of old friends driving from Houston. Ellen and Van Valentine, what a treat. And spending time with Wayne and Cheryl Dodd, our hosts for breakfast the next morning before our trip home.  We discussed old movies we have watched recently and Cheryl sent the link to “The War”, which we will check out soon!   

Then the next weekend down to the Old Quarter Acoustic CafĂ© in Galveston to a packed listening room.  We checked and realized it had been since early 2020 since we were.  We meaning Michael Hearne with me at the Old Quarter.  Then Michael joined me at Linda Lowe’s Writers in the Round @ Main Street Theater the next day! 


The CMA’s of Texas were scheduled for Wed. October 13; however due to illness of the director, it had to be rescheduled.  So, I’ll have to wait for my “Living Legend Award” until Thursday, January 27th 2022.  Instead of Lubbock, it will be held in Austin at the “Last Chance Bar and Dancehall”.  Little bit closer for us than Lubbock! 


Michael and I played another sold out show at the Red Bird Listening Room in New Braunfels and the newest “Songwriter” to be honored at the CMA’s of Texas, Dallas Burrow, was our host and opened for us. If you haven’t checked out the Red Bird Listening Room, I highly recommend it. 


Coming up this Friday, Oct.22 8 pm - 10 pm The Post at River East  Shake Russell with Anthony Klonaris on guitar.  Doors at 5:00 PM, music at 8:00 PM.  Come early for dinner!   www.thepostatrivereast.com for tickets.  


Then on Sunday October 24th Michael Hearne and Mike Roberts will join me at the beautiful Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, TX.  Looking forward to it! Bring your lawn chair, cooler, snacks and enjoy the scenery and the music. And drink the Bernhardt Wine!

Last but not least, Anthony and I will be at the great and iconic Anderson Fair in Houston on Friday, October 29th.  Hope you can make that show!!!  www.andersonfair.net for tickets!  8:30 show.  Doors at 7:30 PM.


Thursday, August 19, 2021



 Well, the rain is finally getting here!  It's been threatening for a few days.  It has been raining all around us but not here.  We even went through a hail storm on the way to a private party in Conroe.  Three blocks from our destination, but when we got there, no rain! Today's the Day!  

I've been working on a couple of tunes and making headway. I'm looking forward to playing them for you.  I'm also more than happy to be playing this Friday night!

A Live Show:

August 20 @ Dosey Doe - Breakfast, BBQ & Whiskey Bar                          2626 Research Forest Dr., Ste B, The Woodlands, TX 77381                                (832) 823-4414

It is a smaller and intimate place for singer/songwriters, and if it is Dosey Doe, you know it will be special.  Anthony Klonaris is my special guest joining me on guitar and vocals.  Make your reservations and come join us!  We will be recording the show and it will be available for purchase after the performance!

This Sunday afternoon, August 22, I will be in Kerrville, Texas. On "The Bill Muse Stage" at The Trailhead Beer Garden located at Schreiner University.  Music will kick off at 2:00 PM.  I'll be swapping songs, telling tales and stories with Bill.  Come join me and enjoy he afternoon in this unique outdoor setting.  It will be like playing "The Festival" but different!!!

Please mark it on your LIST TO DO this Sunday!  I'm looking forward to this show!  I'll see you there!  

Bill Muse


Schreiner University

2100 Memorial Blvd

Kerrville, TX 78028

Stay Tuned,   Shake


Friday, July 9, 2021


 We are well into summer and for the past couple of months shows have been picking up.  I've been putting come miles on "Gypsy Silver".  We've been from The Kerrville Folk Festival,  The Redbird Listening Room in New Braunfels, joined by my special guest Michael Hearne, Nacogdoches at "The Live Oak Listening Room", Poor David's Pub in Dallas, music for a wedding party in Garner State Park, another birthday party in Bastrop,TX, to The Globe News Theatre in Amarillo and back.  We have indeed been Travelin' Texas!  

These next couple of weeks I am playing closer to home.

Tonight, Friday July  9th at the Great Anderson Fair with Anthony Klonaris.  Showtime 8:45, doors open at 7:30.  www.andersonfair.net for tickets.

Friday July 16 "Ft. Worth I love you!"  I am coming back to "The Post at River East" in Ft. Worth. Music at 8:00, doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets www.thepostatrivereast.com

Sunday, July 18th.  I am returning for a show at Mainstreet Crossing in Tomball, TX.  Business is back to normal, so come on out for a special Sunday evening.  Show starts at 6:30 with "special guest" Dallas Burrow opening.  Be sure to be there for his set!  He's a fine young singer/songwriter/storyteller"! Then at 7:15 PM Anthony Klonaris and I will take the stage.  Come early for dinner.  I hope to see some old friends and fans and new fans!

Stay tuned for more shows this summer and try to stay cool everyone!  There are more shows coming up and a couple with Michael Hearne!  "The Big Barn Dance" is just around the corner!  You better make your reservations soon.  Happy Summertime!!!!!

See you up the road, 

Thanks, Shake


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

April 27th, 2021 Hello from Shady Oaks Lane

 It is Tuesday afternoon with an overcast sky, but it's been beautiful the past few days around here.  I have been slowly getting back to work and it feels food to see folks out again.  I played three shows last week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.  The Tuesday show was in Sun City for 87 folks out on the lawn. The Friday show was a private one on a friends ranch in Johnson City and the Sunday show was at Bernhardt's Winery with about 400 folks out on the lawn in absolutely perfect weather.  It felt like old times.  And at all, everyone is being respectful and using common sense in attending, and in presenting these shows as somewhat normal as life opens back up....to the relief of many and dismay to others! Mind your way and easy as we go!

 Some great news!!  My friend and fellow singer/songwriter Michael Hearne will be heading to Texas  the middle of May.  He has a couple of dates down here and we will be getting together and doing a show in Dallas at Poor David's Pub on May 22nd.  Better get your tickets now!  A heads up for all of you in the area, we haven't played together in many moons!  Like February of 2020.  Please check out www.poordavidspub.com for tickets and information.  Music starts at 7:30 PM and doors open at 7:00 PM.  We hope to have another date or two while Michael is here.  I will let you know when we do!

So, the phone is beginning to ring again and venues are booking their calendars again.  Let's hope it continues to reopen.

I am happy to say that this week I will be appearing with Anthony Klonaris and Mike Roberts at Mainstreet Crossing in Tomball, TX.  Music starts at 7:00 and doors open at 5:30.  There are still a few tables left so come on out! Here is the ticket link: https://mainstreetcrossing.thundertix.com/events/185216

Tuesday May 4th @ 7:00 PM, I will be performing Solo @McGonigel's Mucky Duck for my "The Shake Russell Hour" (that's really 90 minutes).  A live streaming event with limited seating also available.  Come on out for dinner and music!

Tuesday May 6th, a private party @ Brennan's in Houston. 

Friday May14 - private Birthday Party.

Sunday May 16th I will be performing solo at the New "Red Bird Listening Room" in New Braunsfel courtesy of Dallas Burrow and he will be opening for me as well! Great new listening venue.  Be sure and check it out!

Saturday May 22  - Hearne and Russell at Poor David's Pub

Saturday May 29th - Kerrville Folk Festival - 2:00 PM on the Threadgill stage.  Check out the lineup.  Dana Cooper will be ending the afternoon show at 5:00 PM.  

Take care and stay tuned and love one another!

Thanks, Peace   Shake






Anthony Klonaris Klonaris and Mike Roberts on Saturday 

Thursday, April 1, 2021



APRIL IS ON US! The wildflowers are breaking out! Texas is slowly but cautiously opening back up!

The phone is beginning to ring, folks and venues are booking shows and events againI Already have a handful of shows coming up in April and May.  I am gladly looking forward to each and everyone of them.


This Friday, April 2nd, I will be at THE 4-STAR CONCERT HALL. With guitarist Anthony Klonaris.  It is a great established music venue, just off the square, in beautiful downtown Brenham, TX  My old friend Danny Everitt will be my special guest and kicking it off for the evening at 8:00, Anthony and I start at 9:00.  Doors at 7:00 so come on out!

On Tuesday, April 6th, I will be continuing my “Shake Russell Hour Show” from the Duck in Houston.  The Duck is allowing limited seating still, so if you feel like getting out www.mcgonigels.com for tickets, come on out for dinner and some live music. If you can’t make it out, you can still catch the streaming show, but I would much rather see your face!  Music at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday – April 13th – Sun City House Concert w/guitarist Anthony Klonaris.  Special guest is Doug Bowman with his original music!  He plays at 3:00 PM and we play 4-6 PM.  Bring your lawn chair and your ice chest and enjoy the fresh air!  There will be 20 seats in front of the stage social distanced if you like.  Please email Richard King to get your tickets:  $25/person rhking75@gmail.com and address to his home!  It is on the golf course, lovely yard and no bad seat!

Friday – April 16th  Private event in Johnson City, out on a ranch! 

Saturday – April 17th  Kinda sorta  12th annual Rick and Delma Schriever house concert! Per Rick below!

April 17,2021

Georgetown Country Club

1500 Country Club Road Georgetown Texas

RSVP – 832.978.5282 or raschriever@gmail.com

It is time to welcome live music back and we can’t think of a better way than with and evening with Shake. Along with Mike and Anthony, this is your chance to get up close and personal with sharing songs artists such as Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, Clint Black, and Miranda Lambert and many others have recorded. There will be a buffet served beginning at 7:00 pm followed by the trio. Sodas, Tea and Coffee will be served and there will be a cash bar. No outside drinks are permitted. We are looking forward to this great evening of fun, fellowship and music and are looking forward to seeing you all there.  Ticket $40 per person.  Please RSVP and pay in advance so we can have an accurate number for the meal. You can call me with a credit card, pay via Venmo (I will give you details when you call, or a check, $40.00 per person 7:00 Buffet 8:00 Concert


Also, stay tuned for more info on upcoming shows in May. Michael Hearne and I will be doing a few shows when Michael come through Texas middle to end of May!  I am looking forward to that.  It’s been awhile since we’ve done any picking together!  I will keep you posted!  OK, I guess that is enough for now!!  Thanks everyone and Peace    Shake