Alaska’s Ukulele Russ & His One Man Frontier Band kicks off his Australian Spring Tour in Old Bar, NSW!
Russ' humour has been compared to Danny McBride and George Carlin, and he uses loop effects that he records live to add ambiance to re-imaginings of Snoop Dogg, Garth Brooks, Van Halen, and Frank Zappa songs to name a few.
Ukulele Russ is also proficient in keyboard and can break out into full televangelist gospel-singing preacher mode at any point during the show. He may bring out his kazoo to help him play some Lynyrd Skynyrd if somebody yells “Freebird,” or his harp to play old-school twelve-bar blues. For hip-hop covers of Warren G & Nate Dogg’s “Regulate,” Eminem’s “My Name Is,” or Ginuwine’s “My Pony,” he brandishes beat box loops and even a ukulele bass.
Russ can shred the ukulele on blues-rock originals at high speeds, reminiscent of Jimmy Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan. His 2016 album, Nobody Cares, is available on ITunes and Spotify, and it highlights his versatility in playing minor-key rock songs in numbers such as “Water Tight” and “Gotta Get Away” and carefree ukulele ballads in “City by the River,” about Fairbanks, Alaska, his home for the past decade.
Ukulele Russ plays new, soulful originals on stage, including a song about bear safety and a song about his preference of two-ply toilet paper over one-ply toilet paper—which was written as an impassioned plea to the management of his favorite haunt in Talkeetna, Alaska.
The organ, the white-boy soul, and the inner rock and rap and blues and country musician all come out in Russ’s act, which is chock-full of gut busting humor and audience interaction.
Ukulele Russ and His One-Man Frontier Band also takes audiences on a humorous, storytelling adventure into the arctic wilderness of Alaska as he sings and speaks about hunting moose and living through 40 below temperatures in his dry cabin in Fairbanks.
You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind, one-man show experience that will take you on a ukulele-driven tour of at least five decades of music with many laughs and audience participation that will draw you in and have everybody shouting for an encore!