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Bluegrass Safari Guitar and Music Camp with Russ Barenberg
About Russ Barenberg

Grammy nominated acoustic guitarist and composer Russ Barenberg is known for his melodic playing, beautiful tone and memorable instrumental compositions. Long at the creative forefront of the acoustic music scene, he has collaborated with many of its finest artists, including Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Emmy Lou Harris, Maura O’Connell, Jesse Winchester and Tim O’Brien. Russ’s most recent album, When at Last, adds to an “exquisitely original” body of work with more vibrant new melodies and rich ensemble arrangements. The CD earned Russ a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance and was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album of the Year. The album is described well by Nashville writer, Jon Weisberger: “…while ensemble interplay is the foundation of When at Last, its heart and soul ultimately is to be found in Barenberg’s tunes…and in his glistening playing. Few guitarists so perfectly blend a mastery of roots music traditions with melodic originality, or so finely balance muscularity with delicacy, and each moment of the album is shaped by these artistic dualities…”

Skip, Hop & Wobble, the award-winning 1993 release by Russ’s long-time trio with Dobro master Jerry Douglas and acoustic bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, influenced an entire generation of musicians. Russ has also recorded with legendary jazz bassist, Charlie Haden and with actor and Grammy-winning banjo player, Steve Martin. His playing has graced numerous film soundtracks, most notably Ken Burns’ documentary, The Civil War and the 2010 release, Get Low, starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Since 1995, he has been a member of the house band as well as a featured performer on the acclaimed BBC television programs, The Transatlantic Sessions. Produced and filmed in Scotland, the programs feature collaborative performances by top musicians from America and the British Isles.

“This is new acoustic music of the highest order.” – Music Row
“Tremendously coherent and exquisitely original.” – Bluegrass Now
“A modern classic.” – listen!nashville.com
“Russ is a musician’s musician. For many years he made every film he played on for us
better. His talent and his heart always announce his presence.” – Ken Burns
“Acoustic guitar maestro.” – USA Today