Today’s song is “Put Me Out” by Russell Jamie Johnson. The New York City resident is a jack of all trades establishing himself as a songwriter and performer will also finding success in acting and the stunt performance world.
Johnson discovered his voice as a child. Soon after, Russell picked up the guitar quickly by watching his brother play. He grew up and has been performing from a young age. Just before Russell turned 16 his father was killed in a plane crash, and it became clear music was not just a hobby.
Writing music, Russell transformed pain into a source of healing, freedom, and connection. His passion led him to Boston where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in 2016. During his time there, he performed and worked with music industry luminaries Chuck Leavell, (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones), John Oates of Hall & Oates, and jazz-pop singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum.
Johnson was selected to perform/compete on ABC’s The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart last Spring. From the show sprouted his single “Sarah,” with which he commemorates a friend he lost to depression and drug addiction and “hopes to envelop his listeners with a warm and tight embrace.”
Johnson performs, records, and writes regularly with his band. His influences range from Bob Dylan to The Smiths along with a lot of southern rock. The end result makes him an alternative rock punk cowboy and hopeful romantic.
His music evokes stories of love loss, hope, and passion showing how he wears his heart on his sleeve. This track is a soulful blend of folk, rock, and Americana that speaks a sweet tune to the listener.