Brian Ruskin at Cafe’ Acoustic, January 10th
by Matthew Coman
I heard a Lyle Lovett/Clapton kind of inspiration when I listened to the first song on solo artist Brian Ruskin’s Reverb Nation page. Or maybe just a blues jazz influence in general. Some damn fine guitar picking as well. Then I listened to “Grocery Store”, and I heard a little more of something else. I think this guy might listen to some Keller Williams as well! Next comes the song “Way Too Late”. Yet another surprise and some influence I can’t quite pinpoint, but I like it. However, the sound is his own. If you’re going out tomorrow night, or need a reason to go out, then this is it. Looks as though Ruskin is making good with his musical travels across the states. I say we give this guy our attention.
Ruskin definitely has some very good song writing abilities. There is no question of tomfoolery afoot when it says he’s been playing guitar since he was twelve. According to his biography, this jazz and blues influenced artist was raised in Kansas City, and has been traveling all around the country playing his original songs. He spent a little time in Austin, Texas where he began to really shape his craft. Damn what a picker… while you’re at it check out “Things Are Just Too Good”. If you listen to the song “Z…Zathura!!!”, one would think “Jesus… what else could this guy possibly have in store for us?!” I have a strong admiration for any musician who can pick the hell out of an instrument, make it sound good and interesting, all while singing.
That’s someone who really cares for the creative spirit. If you’re a fan of jazz, blues, and originality, there shouldn’t be any reason why you’re not at Cafe’ Acoustic on January 10th. Cafe’ Acoustic is home to some of the nicest owners and waitress’ that this frequent bar goer has seen. The employees come around frequently baring smiles asking if there’s anything they can get you. They offer Absinthe if you’re into that sort of thing, as well as a hookah smoking session. Those are just a few of the many things I love about this bar. The show starts at 9:30 and Brian will be playing two sets of originals and who knows what else. Based on what I’ve heard from this guy… I will definitely be in attendance.