Luther Russell

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Luther Russell (born November 30, 1970) is an American musician who has been recording since 1991, initially as lead singer/songwriter of his old band, The Freewheelers,[1] who made two albums for DGC and American, respectively.

He then went solo, starting with "Lowdown World" (1997),[2] "Down At Kit's" (1999), and "Spare Change" (2001), all recorded while living in Portland, Oregon. It was also in the great northwest that Luther produced many independent records by such acclaimed artists as Richmond Fontaine and Fernando. Since relocating back to his hometown of Los Angeles in, he released his fourth solo record entitled "Repair", which was produced by Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Jayhawks, Ryan Adams). Luther and Ethan also co-produced the debut album of singer Sarabeth Tucek. Prior to this, he finished producing the debut album of The Relationship featuring Brian Bell of Weezer (released 2010). After producing a string of UK singles from 2007 to 2009 and a new full-length by Horse Stories, Luther released a solo single and EP, and "The Invisible Audience" (2011).


Luther Russell has traveled and performed extensively and shared the stage with acts such as Arthur Lee, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Etta James, Los Lobos and Wilco.

Luther Russell is the grandson of legendary songwriter Bob Russell (1914–1970).[3] He is also grandnephew of equally legendary songwriter Bud Green (1897–1981)

At 17, Luther formed his first band called The Bootheels with Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, later of the Wallflowers and drummer Aaron A. Brooks.[4][better source needed]


The Freewheelers[edit]

  • "The Freewheelers" (DGC, 1991),
  • "The Freewheelers Play Bob Russell" (Promo LP, 1993),
  • "Waitin' For George" (American Recordings, 1996).


  • "Lowdown World" (Highland, 1997)
  • "Down At Kit's" (Cravedog, 1999)
  • "Spare Change" (In Music We Trust, 2001)
  • "Repair" (2007)
  • "Good Music b/w Sidekick Reverb" (single) 2009
  • "Motorbike EP" (2010)
  • The Invisible Audience (2011)[5]


  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (8 September 1991). THE NEW SEASON: THE ANNOTATED CALENDAR; POP & JAZZ, The New York Times ("THE FREEWHEELERS A chunky, down-home rock album steeped in the Band, from a group led by a raw-throated 19-year-old songwriter, Luther Russell. Sept. 17 (Geffen).")
  2. ^ Lowdown World, No Depression ("Though still in his 20s, Luther Russell has already packed nearly a lifetime into his career in music. He absorbed a lot playing in bands in Los Angeles since early adolescence, signing with ...")
  3. ^ Bessman, Jim (8 January 2005). Russell's Songs Still 'Get Around' At ASCAP Fete, Billboard (magazine)
  4. ^ Brooks, Aaron. "Drummer Aaron A. Brooks". Wikipedia. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ (31 July 2011). Luther Russell's 'invisible audience' should be heard, The Eagle-Tribune