Claudia Russell

Claudia Russell (born 1954) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.[1] Before becoming a solo artist, Russell performed with a number of Los Angeles bands,[2] including The Life Is Grand Band, who recorded for Smithsonian Folkways, and Maggie's Farm, who recorded for JRS Records and was distributed by BMG.

Early lifeEdit

Russell was born to Gilbert Russell né Val Rosing and Marilyn Pendry. Rosing was a well-known British crooner best known as the vocalist on the original BBC recording of "Teddy Bears' Picnic". Pendry was a dancer in TV shows, stage productions and MGM feature films, including White Christmas and An American In Paris. Russell's parents divorced in 1960.[3]


Russell has released five CDs: Song Food (2000), Ready To Receive (2004), Live Band Tonight, (2007), All Our Luck Is Changing (2013), and Lover's Tree (2018).[4] Russell is often encouraged by her husband/musical collaborator, Bruce Kaplan.[3]

Russell tends to use a close knit group of musicians that includes percussionist Debra Dobkin, Dobro and guitar player Eric Lewis, keyboardist Carl Byron and her husband Bruce Kaplan on guitar and mandolin.[5]

She is known to play often in the midwest and has a fondness for Door County, Wisconsin.[6] Their music is served up with a generous helping of homespun humor and shaggy dog stories, making for a heartfelt and humorous experience of deeply engaging music.[7]


Russell has twice been a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriting competition. Her debut CD, Song Food, earned her Best New Artist honors from Boston radio station WUMB in 2001.[8]


  1. ^ "Claudia Russell". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Andrew (2009-06-28). "A late bloomer in full flower". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  3. ^ a b Sands-Boehmer, Kathy (2014-08-19). "Quick Q and A with Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan". Everything Sundry. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  4. ^ "Lovers Tree, by Claudia Russell". Claudia Russell. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  5. ^ "Claudia Russell Electronic Promo Kit". Claudia Russell. 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  6. ^ "Claudia Russell on Washington Island". Door County Pulse. 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  7. ^ "CLAUDIA RUSSELL & BRUCE KAPLAN". The Lake County Folk Club. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  8. ^ "A musician's musician". Pasadena Weekly. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-06-22.

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