Barenberg, Russ


  • From southeast Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Moved to Nashville in 1986.
  • Guitarist who plays bluegrass laced with jazz, folk, cajun, celtic, carribean and latin elements.
  • He is also a renowned guitar instructor, with many instruction videos and DVD’s to his credit.
  • As a session musician, he has recorded with such artists as Randy Travis, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush and many others.
  • 1970, joined Peter Wernick and Tony Trischka in the New York-based group Country Cooking.
  • 1977, formed a new band called Heartlands.
  • 1979, released solo project, “Cowboy Calypso.”
  • 1979, formed Fiddle Fever with Matt Glaser and Jay Ungar. They performed in the Ken Burns TV series “The Civil War.”
  • 1982, performed on Jerry Douglas’ “Fluxedo” album.
  • 1992, toured with Irish folk-singer Maura O’Connell.
  • 1988, released Moving Pictures album (Rounder Records).
  • 1989-2001, performed in a trio with Jerry Douglas and Edgar Meyer and recorded the album Skip Hop & Wobble (Sugar Hill Records).
  • 2007, formed the Russ Barenberg Quartet and released When at Last album (Compass Records.)