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"As owner and manager of Miceli's Restaurant in Matlacha I'd like to say Stringtown is one of our most popular bands. They are a pleasure to work with from a business standpoint as well as great entertainers! It's hard to find a band, that weekly can draw an ever growing crowd but Stringtown is definitely that band. They know how to interact with the customers & they make for a very enjoyable evening. The dynamics of the band keep new comers and regular music patrons always wanting more. I have Stringtown weekly and wouldn't change it for the world"
Vinny Miceli ~ Owner Miceli's
"I had heard about Stringtown for a long time but was never able to see them perform until they played here at Porto Bello. My customers as well as myself were blown away! They truly are ENTERTAINERS! I book a lot of bands and I have to say Stringtown is one of my favorites! They will always be welcome here!"
Brad Ruth ~ Manager Porto Bello
"Another regional band that surprised me was Stringtown. Formed by Rick & Danette Russell in 2009, they excel in Americana roots music and are multi-talented on many different instruments. They blend roots music with blues, jazz, gospel, and country to create a level of music that wraps you in its warm embraces and just makes you smile. In addition to the Russells (Rick plays guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica, piano and sings while Danette plays electric and upright bass, mandolin, flute and vocals) Whew! They are joined by Jeff Jodice on drums, keyboards, bass and vocals, Mike Carrington on guitar, bass, drums and vocals. You know, it would have been a lot easier to just say, these people play everything! To say that I was impressed would be a gross understatement. They played originals and covered some great songs like the Tom Waits penned Chocolate Jesus and of all things, Led Zeppelin. Yup, they took Rock and Roll and slowed it way down and put their own twist on it. Incredible!"
Tim Richards ~ Blues Blast Magazine
"I listened to the CD and I love it, it is like wonderful old school blues fresh out of the box and new! I can't wait to hear more"!!!!
Kevin Barry (Bonita Springs Blues Festival Committee) (Co-founder SW FL Blues Society)
Guy A. Greenfield Punta Gorda, FL
"I have seen and love Stringtown! They are a unique and wonderful band! a must see for any locals or out of towners"!
Samantha Inglesbe (Facebook)
Dear Rick & Danette,
"I want to say thank you for a wonderful time yesterday, allowing me to play my sax with you people was a great experience indeed! We had a great time".
Roger & Marianne Noss
"Thanks for the entertainment. We all loved the song choices, the songs you wrote & the playing of all the different instruments. What a great day. You guys are brilliant and sooooo much fun"!
Joyce, Mike, Jo-Ann & Gary
"So glad to see Mr. Russell is still playing. Went to hear the "keyboard" player at Bert's! Actually that was why we loved Deb and the Dynamics! The guy playing was good, but not the same at all. We are snowbirds who bring friends by to hear music all the time. Will now make Miceli's or wherever Stringtown is playing our first stop! Please let us know the venues you can be found as they change"
"Rick, thanks for playing at Porto Bello's in Burnt Store Marina. Love the direction your music is taking. Looking forward to your next CD. Our party of eight really enjoyed the music - the food was OK, too. You have given me a reason to venture down there on Friday nights. We will help spread the word"!
Guy G. Punta Gorda
Dear Rick, Danette, Mike, & Jeff
Hey guys, just wanted to drop a note and say hi. Hope everybody is doing ok and thank you all again for the opportunity to sit in with you on Sunday nights. It's an honor and a pleasure first to play with people that know what they're doing on stage and know what their purpose is for being up there. Second for seeing them enjoy what they're doing. I get a "rush" every time. Rick, I've been with many bands. It is very rare when you find someone who knows how to handle a crowd. You've mastered the art. It's a joy to watch you operate. I look forward to having the opportunity to sit in with you all many more times as Linda and I are getting very close. Things are looking good. Well I just wanted to say hi, and I'll see you all Sunday. Until then you all take care.
All my best