Michelob ULTRA Stage
Lojo Russo has been making music along the ‘Big Muddy’ most of her life. Born in California her family moved to the Twin Cities (MN) where she cut her musical teeth in the vibrant music scene of Minneapolis.
Self-taught on guitar and voice Russo’s style was shaped by jamming and performing – playing guitar, bass and mandolin in all sorts of folk, funk, jazz, jam, Irish and indie bands. This range of instruments and genres gave her a broader understanding of the music and a deeper awareness of what she wanted to create.
Keeping the Mississippi River to her East she traveled south to Iowa and now makes her home in the Quad Cities (at which point, the river is technically to her south). The easy life of Iowa and the strange bending of the river has had an influence on her music – where once she wrote dramatic and ethereal folk ballads Russo now finds herself pursuing a more roots and Americana flavor.
To look at her history, it’s no wonder Russo likes to keep the music flowing along wherever it takes her. Russo’s musical style is as varied and unexpected as the river she calls home. One moment she’s laying down a furious rhythm on the guitar punctuated with a wailing vocal the next we’re floating along carried by intricate finger-picking, her voice as intense and haunting as her lyrics.
When she’s not on the road pursuing her passion for performing music she’s in her studio pursuing the writing and creation of said passion. Sometimes bent over her guitar, sometimes bent over her garden spade or even bent over the handlebars of her bike Lojo Russo finds her passion everywhere.