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Dave Russo of The Primate Fiasco

Website: http://www.primatefiasco.com/bios/dave.html
Band Website: http://www.primatefiasco.com/

Artist's Instruments

MC-150R/P

CC-Tenor (Cripple Creek Tenor)

Artist Details

The most formal musical training in Dave's past consists of listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Paul Simon records while playing along on an ancient rusty guitar and harmonica. His high school friendship with Drake Descant (composer and freak) hurled him into a world of musical experimentation, cross genre playing, and most of all, improvisation.

Dave had played original funk/folk throughout the Northeast for a few years while writing music. He was simultaneously in school for Art, Theater, and Social Science. His music found it's way into all kinds of clubs, festivals, college radio, and even theatrical productions. He, at one point was the musical director and actor in Marat/Sade which toured through NYC and London.

In the summer of 2000, he responded to a job opening for Six Flags New England, "Banjo Player Needed". He quickly learned a handful of Dixieland tunes on a borrowed banjo for no other reason than to have a summer job. At this time, he was studying Fine Art and Design at Montserrat College of Art (Boston) and playing with the band over the summers. The music grew on him and he soon felt the need to bring this style up to date for today's venues and today's people.

While in Arizona for other business reasons, he finally visited ASU to find Jay and Steve which gave birth to the fiasco.
 


Dave uses a Gold Tone Tenor Special 4 string with SMP Pickups, a Gold Tone CC Tenor 4 string, and a Maple Classic 5 string.

-Information from his bio (http://www.primatefiasco.com/bios/dave.html)

Artists by Group

Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet - Abigail Washburn

Alan Jackson - Scott Coney

American Authors - James Shelley

Autumn Red - Lloyd Williams

Back From The Brink - Alan Dalton

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Victor Wooten

Between the Buried and Me - Paul Waggoner

Blackie Jackett Jr. - Rick Jackett (Finger Eleven/ Blackie Jackett Jr.)

Blueground Undergrass - Jeff Mosier

Brooks and Dunn - Gary Morse

Bush Hawg - Shaun Ames

Demi Lovato - Drew Taubenfeld

Emmy Lou Harris - Buddy Miller

Fuel - Jeff Abercrombie

Home Grown - Bill Nix

Jefferson Starship - Tony Morley

Jo Dee Messina - David Spires

Josh Turner - Kevin Haynie

Megafaun - Phil Cook

Modest Mouse - Isaac Brock

Mumford & Sons - Winston Marshall

Nelly Furtado - Marc Ganetakos

Old Time Radio Gang - Mac Mchale

Raizor - AJ Ghent

Sarah McLachlan - Sean Ashby

Soulfly - Max Cavalera (Soulfly)

Southwind Quartet - Matt Lawson

Sugarland - Thad Beaty

Suwanee Banjo Camp - Chuck Levy

The April Verch Band - Cody Walters

The Band Perry - Neil Perry

The Dixie Bee-Liners - Buddy Woodward

The Drew Davis Band - Drew Davis

The Duhks - Leonard Podolak

The Old 78's - Curly Miller

The Primate Fiasco - Dave Russo

The Silent Comedy - Justin Buchanan

Tonic - Jeff Russo

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