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Wine Country Tales in the Press

“Like good wine and charitable causes, the rippling, rhythmic lines spread by Brian Gore meld impeccably with Bill Russell’s fluid, vibrant storytelling imagery.”

Images, guitar combine in unique show
East Bay Times  4
.29.17
In an era that tosses aside 1-year-old phones like they are potato chips gone stale, there is nothing throwaway in the indelible music of acoustic guitarist Brian Gore or the resonant art of illustrator Bill Russell. The artists’ live show is a virtual trip through California wine country.  read more

Illustrations set to music in Upper Lake
Lake County Record Bee  6
.4.15
The upcoming Concert with Conversation at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake on Saturday has something a little bit extra to offer. While Brian Gore plays fingerstyle guitar, artist Bill Russell projects animated illustrations on a large screen. Some of his illustrations are already complete, others he draws on the spot while Gore plays, creating a work of art in front of the audience’s eyes.
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Brian Gore’s ‘Stone Haulers’
Guitar World Magazine  11.24.14
The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine!
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AFAR
The Experiential Travel Guide
 
10.30.13
Acoustic guitarist Brian Gore and visual artist Bill Russell have collaborated on a series of videos inspired by California’s wine country and Santa Cruz coastal region. Gore’s eloquent classical-and-folk-derived fingerstyle playing and Russell’s evocative drawings, paintings, and animations  create absorbing impressions of California history, natural phenomena, and “Life off the Fault Line”—a wholly different kind of travelog.
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The Fort to be made into Song and Image
Ft. Saskatchewan Record  10.17.13

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Fort Saskatchewan will be privy to something never seen before. Musician Brian Gore, versatile illustrator Bill Russell and vocalist Thea Neuman will perform Your Town in Song and Image. The show combines elements of music, storytelling and live drawing into one creative and visually stunning evening. “It is a wholly immersive experience,” said visual artist Bill Russell. “There will be video animation that I’ve drawn for each of the songs. There are also static illustrations that will be projected. Then there is this live drawing portion. When Brian is performing his music I’m performing through creating a drawing on stage. That is a pretty big challenge.”
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Brian Gore and the Sounds of Santa Cruz
KQED Radio  7.25.12
He was about 10 years old when he first saw the ocean. It was a spot just east of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and to young Brian Gore, it was both a comfort and a wonder.
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Gore, Russell pair music, art at The Woodshed
Los Gatos Weekly  10.7.13
Performance art. For many, the words conjure up outré concoctions of torn, paint-spattered canvases, discordant music played at ear-splitting levels, and angry poetry howled in dingy basements. Brian Gore and Bill Russell produce (and perform) an entirely different brand of art–one that blends Gore’s melodic acoustic guitar compositions with Russell’s whimsical illustrations crafted in real time.
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Sites & Sounds: Guitarist Brian Gore spent quality time in choice spots around Santa Cruz to create a musical soundtrack worthy of them
Santa Cruz Sentinel 8.23.12
He was about 10 years old when he first saw the ocean. It was a spot just east of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and to young Brian Gore, it was both a comfort and a wonder.
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Pairing Art and Music with Doceri
Doceri Blog  8.20.12
When international acoustic guitarist Brian Gore finished a suite of songs inspired by the beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains and coastline in California, he teamed up with renowned illustrator Bill Russell, who brought these stories to life with original animations and impressionistic paintings. The result was a series of Song and Image videos and a live multimedia performance pairing Gore’s music and Russell’s art.
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Home Away From Home: Two artists pen a multimedia ‘love letter’ to Santa Cruz
Good Times Weekly 8.28.12
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And all music fans know that a great tune can convey sentiments words could never express. In that spirit, a pair of artists are joining together to create a wordless ode to the place they each love so much.
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