Sometimes you are just lucky. I was at the Freight and Salvage Club in Berkeley CA, for a album release party for my friends Bruce Victor and Marla Fibish for the debut album Travel in the Shadows. I bellied up to the bar for a glass of wine and the barkeep, a vivacious woman with a very pleasant voice, poured me a glass and then we talked music. Turned out she was volunteering that night as bartender, but in real life is the much acclaimed and enormously talented singer/songwriter Claudia Russell. Turns out she is also a friend of Bruce and Marla's and offered to put down her own guitar and help out. Before the glass of wine was gone I had asked her on the show and, fortunately for all of us, she agreed.
Claudia has been writing songs and singing for over 10 years that I know of, and was named by Boston's WUMB FMthe Best New Artist of 2000. The SF B ay Area East Bay Express newspaper named her Best Musician in 2006, and she has twice been selected as a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition. Claudia was a 2004 finalist in the Sisters Folk Festival Songwriters contest in Bend Oregon and the 2002 KRCL Songwriting contest in Salt Lake City. This doe not even count her theatrical performances, and hundreds of gigs with stars like Loudon Wainwright III, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, and Rosalie Sorrels. I am so happy she is joining us this Friday 11.1.13.