Sam Russell & The Harborrats @ The Back Bar

Sam Russell & The Harborrats

Since 2006, Seattle-based and Kenosha, WI-born singer/songwriter Sam Russell has led the mighty Harborrats through high-energy and emotionally-charged performances around the greater Seattle area. In October 2012, he released his first solo album "The Year of the Cow," mixing intimate chamber-folk with stripped-to-the-bone songwriting and performance. helped along by his Harborrat friends of Kate Noson, Michael Spaly, Allison Tulloss, Ken Nottingham, James Apollo and one or two other guests. You can listen to and purchase "The Year of the Cow," as well as past Harborrat releases at

"Pretty fucking cool...(Sam's) more garage-soul than anything, but works in lots of other stuff. He has loads of stage presence and a strong voice...Some cool back-and-forth time shifts in many of their songs that really pack a punch when they jump back into a raucous chorus. Anyway, I highly recommend (him), particularly if you're into bands like the Reigning Sound, the Sights, the Woggles and the White Stripes."-Don Slack, KEXP

"It's easy to be icked out by the term "blue-eyed soul". It conjures images of middle-aged white dudes raping the soul of Sam Cooke and it's been applied to everyone from yacht-rocker Michael McDonald to the Off the Wall stylings of Justin Timberlake. But in the case of Sam Russell...whose past EP's have run the rootsy gamut between the Killer and the Boss, the term is apt."-Ma'chell Duma Lavasaar, Seattle Weekly

"the doo-wopping local boys in (Sam Russell with The Harborrats) defy rockabilly cliché and show promise with their unaffected take on blue-eyed soul and rock."-Hannah Levin, The Stranger

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Friday, August 9 · 8:00 PM at The Crocodile