Wine Country Tales in the Press
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.
Brian Gore’s ‘Stone Haulers’
Guitar World Magazine 11.24.14
The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine!
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.
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.”
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.