KUAC: Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars
Funky and fun, Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars entertain and lay down some serious grooves. The first half of the set list was dominated by animal-themed originals, including a useful song to know when out in the wilds of Alaska "Bear Safety".
HorizonThink: Russell Copelin (Ukulele Russ) in Kalamunda, Western Australia
Known for both his musical workshop and live performance ability Russ leaves a lasting impression and motivation with participants and audiences. The workshop in Kalamunda sold out several days before the event.
Central Maine: Maine native returns to uke it up.
Everybody has this preconceived notion that I’m going to be singing songs about beaches and rainbows and playing all happy songs. That’s really what people think about when they think ukulele — ‘Aww, it’s that cute little guitar from Hawaii.' Instead, he brings rock, blues, tongue-in-cheek and a catalog as varied as “You’re the One,” a sweet song to his wife, Dixmont native Lindsey, to “Two Ply,” a Stevie Wonder-ish ode to toilet paper.
KTVA: Mic Check in the Morning
Daybreak got a unique treat Friday, as Alaska’s ukulele wild man brought his layers of looping guitar riffs and vocals for a Mic Check in the Morning.
Daily News-Minder, Fairbanks: Alaska musician takes the ukulele to entertaining heights
With a stage name like Ukulele Russ, one might imagine Hawaiian shirts and inoffensive luau music or maybe a bunch of kid-friendly songs espousing the benefits of making friends and learning to tie shoes. But that’s about as far away from reality as possible.