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Michael Hearne & Shake Russell

  • Black Forest Community Center 12530 Black Forest Road Colorado Springs, CO, 80908 United States (map)
Duo Michael Hearne, left, and Shake Russell sing and play the songs of Texas and the great Southwest. 

Duo Michael Hearne, left, and Shake Russell sing and play the songs of Texas and the great Southwest. 

Michael Hearne and Shake Russell are truly a powerhouse duo, with two long lifetimes spent writing, singing and playing the songs of Texas and the great Southwest. Shake’s deep poetry, beautiful love songs and delightfully expressive vocal and guitar work are perfectly complemented by Michael’s blazing musicianship, “whiskey-velvet voice” (as friend Eliza Gilkyson described it), and his own rich and varied songwriting. 

Although a native of Dallas and once again making Texas his home, Michael Hearne’s music will always be influenced by his decades spent living, writing, recording and performing (often with his band South by Southwest) in the “painter’s light, poet’s sky” of Taos, New Mexico, crafting the signature clarity of his Southwestern Americana sound. His song "Evergreen" was nominated for song of the year at the Texas Music Awards and others have been cut by Gary P. Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker and Johnny Rodriguez. His song "New Mexico Rain" is a crowd favorite at Black Rose shows, particularly when performed by his dad, Bill Hearne.

Texas singer-songwriter Shake Russell has been entertaining audiences with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock since the 1970s. Shake’s songs and albums have frequented the Billboard charts over the years, with many, including “Deep in the West,” “You’ve Got a Lover,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “One More Payment,” and “Our Kind of Love” being recorded by artists such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Ricky Skaggs, and Clint Black.

Shake was recently inducted into the Texas Songwriter Legends Hall of Fame and is a two-time recipient of the BMI “Million Air” award and a four-time recipient of the BMI Writer’s Award.

$10 general admission, $5 members and students w/ ID, free for youths 12 and younger. Baked goods, coffee, tea, and bottled water sold onsite.

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