Listen in for Windsor’s DAVE RUSSELL all this week on the CKXS Local Spotlight – heard daily at approx. 3:40 pm during WEEKDAZE with Jay & C-P!

Dave Russell is a singer-songwriter who feels most at home in the warm embrace of an acoustic guitar and a song in his heart.

The last year with 99.1 CKXS has been very kind to Russell, whose debut radio single “Unnatural Disaster” was named Local Spotlight Song of the Year on the 2010 XS Music Mix Awards.

Dave was born and raised in a small town just south of Sarnia Ontario and moved to Windsor at the age of 19 to attend university. During his time as a student he formed a blues-rock trio called “The Tree Streets”, who released a full-length CD and attained regular rotation on commercial stations in Southwestern Ontario as well as national airplay on campus/community radio.

Dave started to record a solo EP in late 2009. In January 2010 he took a couple months off from the studio to embark on a tour from Windsor Ontario to the interior of British Columbia. After shaking off the snow from a cross-Canada tour in the dead of winter and having road-tested his songs in some of the toughest cities and music-savvy audiences in Canada, Dave returned to the studio, rejuvenated and ready.

The result is his impressive  “Unnatural Disaster” E.P.

At 27, he is now hitting his stride as a songwriter. Dave’s songs are unapologetic and honest. He writes songs that the audience can relate to and connect with. The songwriting process Dave took for this project was fearless and not stymied by the need or want to fit into one genre.

The EP’s title track harks back to singer-songwriters of the 1970’s or more specifically, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” era. “Phadra Phadra” was described by a radio DJ in Windsor as “music you would hear at a 1950’s prom”. “Rocking Chair” shows his folky, Neil Young inspired side and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the “Best Folk” category.

Dave is now ready to reach out to as many people as possible through his music. Give him a listen; you will be coming back for more.