“The Anthony Russo Band – Raw old school style. Some people like to rock, we prefer the roll.”
Southside Denver native Anthony Russo is a first generation, self taught musician. He started playing guitar at the age of 8. After seeing his church band perform, he instantly recognized what he wanted to do with his life. “The way the music was able to move people and affect them in such a positive way, I knew it was for me.”
Through middle and high school Anthony formed many basement and garage bands, playing parties any chance he could get. “I remember we were at a party and saw a couple guitars laying around, we just picked them up and started jamming. All of a sudden we look up and everyone at party was gathered around listening, I knew I was on the right track.”
All along the way, music was an integral part of Anthony’s life. His dad and grandfather introduced him to rhythm and blues, swing and jazz artists like Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra. After getting into AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones during high school, he picked up The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s record. “That was it for me, I just wanted to get deeper and deeper into rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll and american roots music. The raw, real feeling I get from that stuff, well there is just nothing like it. I started getting into Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Guitar Slim, Johnny Guitar Watson, Magic Sam and so on, soaking in everything I could.”
After high school Anthony was waiting tables and working in a call center for a few years, just trying to get by. “One day I just couldn’t take it anymore, sitting in a cubical all day everyday, I knew I had to get out.” Anthony quit his job and decided to pursue his passion for music. Soon after he attended a local open mic and was hired on the spot as the lead guitar player for the house band. After playing with the house band for a year, Anthony decided it was time to form and front his own band in 2013.
The Anthony Russo Band has played all over Colorado for the past few years, making a name for themselves and gaining widespread attention as one of the finest acts around, with their killer musicianship, raw style and exciting energetic live performances.