Lonesome Heroes to open FOTP tonight For Rich Russell, there’s nothing better than playing a show in the summer in Wyoming. He makes it a point to return to the state every year. Whether his band The Lonesome Heroes is performing at the Wyoming Brewers Festival or the annual WHAT Festival, Russell feels like the band just fits in perfectly with the entire Wyoming aesthetic. “We’ve probably played at least 50 shows in Wyoming, if not more,” said Russell, the band’s frontman. “We’re sort of a weird band, because we don’t really fit in anywhere, but we also fit in everywhere. “Wyoming’s a cool place, because it’s a place where the hippies, cowboys and straggling hipsters co-exist. We’ll see an old rancher and his grandkids at our shows. It’s weird, but also great.” Tonight, the band will make their return to Wyoming when they perform as the opening act at Fridays on the Plaza. The headlining group will be Colorado’s Edison, who will break up in the coming months. So, anyone who’s never seen either band would be smart to come out to the concert. The Lonesome Heroes will perform songs from all of their albums, from their most recent (2015’s “Can’t Stand Still”) all the way back to the 2006 extended play “Don’t Play to Lose.” While The Lonesome Heroes is technically a band, Russell is the only permanent member since he started the group in the mid-2000s. He wanted to create something completely new, a sound no one ever tried before. He christened this fusion of genres “cosmic Americana.” “We’re definitely not a Texas or red dirt country band,” he said. “The guys in Elk Tongue out of Laramie are good friends of ours, and so I’d say we’re in between them (a more psychedelic sound) and country music.” While it’s frustrating for Russell to be generalized or put into a certain box, he’s constantly changing things up. No one album by The Lonesome Heroes is alike, and that’s intentional. Russell is happiest when he’s evolving his sound. He’s heavily influenced by the indie band Pavement and singer-songwriter Beck, the latter of which is someone Russell emulates by regularly switching things up from album to album. Their next record, due out next year, will likely be a surprise to both new and longtime listeners of the band. “We were just making noise 10 years ago, doing experimental stuff,” Russell said. “Now, we’re about halfway done with a new album, and I’m really excited about it. I think ‘cosmic country’ is really taking off now. People seem to understand it more. I hope so, at least.”” - Ellen Fike

Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Red River Radio Spotlight:   The Lonesome Heroes  Click here to listen to the interview” - Bill Beckett

Red River Radio

Melding the two-step shuffle of Austin, Texas with bandleader Rich Russell’s fondness for Gram Parsons, The Lonesome Heroes call their blend of indie rock and country “cosmic American music.” Here’s a live performance of their new single, released in June 2017, shot at Laramie's NU2U thrift store.”

Wyoming Public Radio

The Lonesome Heroes initially caught on by following in the cosmic cowboy tradition of legends like Gram Parsons, leaning on the lonesome end of their name in particular with their song stories about the hardships of the travelling life. But this year, they’re tweaking their sound, revitalizing it with elements of Texas boogie rock and smoky ’70s sessions by gangs of musical outlaws trying to avoid the spotlight. Their new single “Cloak and Dagger” invokes Warren Zevon more than it does Gram Parson, with its ramshackle vibe and throaty vocals. Meanwhile, B-Side “Hope” recalls the band’s more lonesome roots but with the addition of peak-era Laurel Canyon elements, like a lost collaboration between Stephen Stills and the Byrds. Both tracks are dazzling displays of the Lonesome Heroes wide ranging alt-country, and as a treat today we’ve got them both available to you for free for downloading! So give them a listen, then head out to Cactus Cafe tomorrow, July 1st, to see the band in action! ” - Morgan


  Austin's The Lonesome Heroes stop at Front Range Barbeque in the Springs It's tough to pin The Lonesome Heroes to any one music genre. The Austin, Texas-based band calls its brand of music Cosmic Americana, which takes it beyond a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll into the territory of indie music. The term comes from Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers - hippies starting to play more country," said Rich Russell, the band's vocalist and guitarist. "Cosmic Americana music is not hugely different from notion of Americana in general: Country, blues and rock 'n' roll all came from the same place. So it's cosmic and slightly psychedelic. The Lonesome Heroes will play a free 3-hour show Wednesday at Front Range Barbeque. Alt-country is a term also used to describe them and is plain in their sophomore album "Can't Stand Still," released in January 2015, in the twang of songs such as "Sunshine Come" and "Steel." Their music also crosses into indie territory, as evidenced in the ballad-y "Long Time Coming" and upbeat "Constant Vacation." "Western Style Saloons," with the lyric "I need a Western-facing highway and a town to start over again," was featured in the final season of the Netflix original thriller "Bloodline. On Wednesday, they'll play songs from "Can't Stand Still" and a single from the album set to come out in late fall/early winter, Russell said. We put that ('Can't Stand Still') out a couple of summers ago now, and toured all over the U.S.," he said. "We did 100 something shows in the U.S. and Australia. I didn't have time to write, I was so busy. The current tour is geographically compact to allow for more downtime. I basically tried to throw it down so we could focus on a new record. This tour is fun - two shows in the Springs, two shows in Boulder and two shows in Laramie," Wyo., Russell said. "The idea is to go on tour and be able to go swimming and hiking, too. So we're not just sitting in a car or a bar all the time. Russell, 37, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, grew up listening to indie rock, which has influenced the band's sound. We've definitely played our share of honky-tonks and can play country music, too," he said. In Austin, the band has played the famed SXSW festival. How did they hook up with Front Range Barbeque? "That's just sort of a venue that a lot of Austin bands hit. You tend to have a lot of Texas expats in Colorado, and that's about the closest venue we can get to in Colorado from Texas," Russell said. The Lonesome Heroes will be back in the summer on a second tour through these parts. In addition to Russell, the lineup is Georgia Parker on bass and vocals, Jackie Myers on keyboards and vocals, Eddie Baty on drums and Steve Carlson on lead guitar. The thing that we've noticed is this will be our 10th tour through the mountain states, so this has just become part of our life to head to the mountains. As soon as we get about 10,000 feet, we just have so much fun," Russell said. "Austin, Texas, is where everyone Two-steps. All the cool kids do it. Colorado is more free-form.” - Michelle Karas

The Gazette - Colorado Springs, CO

  West Texas Talk:The Lonesome Heroes & Whippoorwill The Lonesome Heroes & Whippoorwill @ Marfa Public Radio On this edition of West Texas Talk, a double dose of music live from the Marfa Public Radio studios  – Provided by The Lonesome Heroes (Austin) and Whippoorwill (Colorado).” - Jackson Wisdorf

Marfa Public Radio

  A fair Welcome Lonesome Heroes to experience Oregon Country Fair for the first time. Many of us were probably too young to remember a lot of firsts. Our minds have most likely wiped clean the memories of our first steps or our first ice cream cone. Hopefully we remember our first kiss — and then there’s also our first Oregon Country Fair. It doesn’t matter what friends tell you, what you read or how you think it’s going to be — there is absolutely nothing like the experience of walking into the country Fair for the first time. “This is the first time we’ve ever been, so we’re very excited,” said Rich Russell, lead singer and guitarist for the Austin, Texas-based band the Lonesome Heroes. After years of hearing friends talk about the magic that encircles the three-day festival, the self-proclaimed cosmic Americana band is scheduled to play (and attend) the three-day festival on July 8 and July 9. “From what I’ve heard about the Oregon Country Fair, people make it seem like everyone’s going to be having an amazing time, all the time,” Russell said. Of course, that’s the goal of the 47th annual event. Held in the woods on the edge of Veneta, the event combines food booths, stilt walkers, dream trees, artisans, jugglers, vaudeville performers, yoginis, artisans, puppeteers and more in a full-on daytime celebration. Because they’ve never played the Country Fair before, Russell says they’re hoping to draw in the foot traffic with their sound. As for what they’ll play, Russell and his bandmates — guitarist Gary Newcomb, bassist and vocalist Nick Lochman, multi-instrumentalist Kellen Fuchs and guitarist Curtis Clogston — are smack in the middle of an album cycle. Their sophomore album, “Can’t Stand Still” was released in January of 2015, and the band played nearly 150 shows in support of it — including a stint in Australia. It was a deeply personal record, as it was the first after Russell had ended his songwriting and romantic relationship with former Lonesome Hero Landry McMeans. “This was the first record where I was the only songwriter, and I’d say the subject matter deals with that breakup and leading up to that breakup and memories before that, too,” Russell says. He says that singing those deeply personal songs actually got easier over time, despite getting “a little verklempt or held up” when singing them when the album was first released. “But as time goes by, it feels more emotionally distant and becomes more music … Almost the meaning of the song comes out with more hindsight when you’re separated from it.” It was on the trip to Australia in the fall of 2015 that the band was able to finally take a collective breath and start working on new music. “It’s funny because it was like, we had to go all the way to Australia to sit down at a table and work on new material,” Russell says. They worked out two of the four new, unrecorded songs they’ll be playing at the Country Fair including Russell’s favorite, “Lucky by Birth.” “It’s a bits and pieces song (lyrically). Some of it takes place in New Mexico at a show we played with a friend who’s having a hard time and then just lines from all over the road, funny things people say in the van.” It’s this mix of songs old and new that they hope to share on Friday afternoon on the Blue Moon Stage and Saturday just after noon on the Hoarse Chorale Stage. Cosmic Americana is a flexible term to describe a flexible band, one who is just at home in a honkey tonk bar as they are at an outdoor festival. Keys and pedal steel guitar are further softened by Russell’s smooth, low voice. It might not be dance pop, but it’s got great grooves perfect for an afternoon in the woods. “People really kind of get the cosmic Americana or psychedelic or country on the West Coast. On the East Coast it doesn’t seem to work as well; I think it’s the wide open spaces. The music feels good and we feel good,” he says.” - Jackie Varriano

The Register-Guard - Eugene, OR

  Aussie musician and Lonesome Heroes at the Blues and Starlight After crossing paths at 2015’s inaugural Dashville Skyline festival in Australia, Aussie singer/songwriter Ruby Boots will be teaming up once more with Austin’s Cosmic American quartet The Lonesome Heroes. Ruby Boots Ruby Boots, has personally chosen the traveling troubadours as a combination of backing band and tour guides, in addition to performing a set of their own, as they show her around their favorite Texas haunts. Ruby Boots’ music will stop you in your tracks. The rising star from Down Under possesses a soulful voice that crackles with swagger and sorrow. Her fiercely honest lyrics strike deep into your heart while her music delivers an alluring mix of country, rock, folk and blues. Ruby Boots’ first full-length Solitude, which was released in America on March 25th, has been hailed as “a landmark Australian release” and a “world class debut,” while scoring her a Song of The Year award for “Wrap Me In A Fever.” Lonesome Heroes Since starting her music career in 2010, Ruby has become red-hot in her homeland. She has won Best Country Music Act honors at the Western Australia Music Awards five straight years, performed at major festivals like Big Day Out and opened for such marquee Americana acts as Kris Kristofferson, Father John Misty, Justin Townes Earle and Shovels & Rope. The Lonesome Heroes might as well print “Cosmic American” on their passports. The Austin-based group may hail from the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but their sound suggests they originate from a parallel universe where the works of Gram Parsons, Beck and Wilco propagate. Austin’s KUTX describes them as “the soundscape that occurs when indie rock and country artfully cross paths.” Released in January, Can’t Stand Still was declared “one of Austin’s best discs of 2015” by the Austin Chronicle. Their single “Steel” was selected as a Top Tune Download of the Day by KCRW in Los Angeles and the band received radio play and praise in the press across the US, Europe, and Australia. No stranger to West Texas, Lonesome Heroes has performed in Marfa and Alpine in the past.”

Big Bend Now

  Album Review: Lonesome Heroes – Can’t Stand Still All told, Lonesome Heroes are a talented group of musicians. What I really appreciate about their approach is that they come across as the real deal. These aren’t songs for the sake of making songs; they’re real stores and expressions of life. There’s some blues, some rock, and some country here, but mostly it’s just a particular brand of western music that just feels right. I can smell the desert and the wide open spaces on each track.” - Greg Jones

Ear to the Ground

  2015 Music Top 10s ” - Raoul Hernandez

Austin Chronicle

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