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Never's Gonna Take Too Long

by Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds

released December 29, 2015

All songs written by Brooke Russell and arranged by Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds. Produced and mixed by Joshua Barber. Engineered by Fraser Montgomery and Joshua Barber at The Aviary Recording Studio, Abbotsford. Mastered by Lachlin Carrick. Design by Ben Mastwyk. Photo by Tajette O'Halloran. Printed by Replicat

Brooke Russell - Voice, Guitars and Mandolin
Grant Taylor - Guitars
Ben Franz - Pedal Steel
Luke Richardson - Double Bass and Vocals
Joshua Barber - Drums, Vocals, Keys and everything else
with special guests Ryan Brewer on piano and Emilee South, Leah Senior and Matthew Colin on backing vocals.


Poor Virginia

by Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds

Poor Virginia is the debut album from Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds. Engineered, Co-Produced and Mixed by Neil Thomason (Wagons, Augie March, Jen Cloher) at Head Gap Studios in Preston and Mastered by Adam Dempsey (Jordie Lane, Matt Walker) at Deluxe Mastering. 

“She’d be at home in the Nighthawks diner, except that she’s maybe not jaded enough. There’s an innocence and hope to most of her songs that feels like a balm.” 
- McKinley Valentine,


released August 11, 2013

Brooke Russell – Voice, Guitar and Mandolin
Tilman Robinson – Trombone and Backing Vocals
Grant Taylor – Guitars and Backing Vocals (track 3) 
Ben Franz – Double Bass and Pedal Steel (track 6) 
Joshua Barber – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals and Keys

Guest performances by.... 
Melanie Robinson – Cello (tracks 9 and 12) 
Pepita Emmerichs – Violin (tracks 9 and 12) 
Ben Harrison – Trumpet and Backing Vocals (track 3 and 12) 

Produced by Brooke Russell, Tilman Robinson, Grant Taylor, Ben Franz, Joshua Barber and Neil Thomason. 
All songs written by Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds except Dreaming (Harry/Stein BMG Chrysalis) arr. Grant Taylor and Tilman Robinson. 
String and horn arrangements on Sweet Heart, Silly Boy and Dreaming by Tilman Robinson. 

Engineered and mixed by Neil Thomason at Head Gap Studios, Preston. 
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, Brunswick. 
Album design by Claire Foxton at FoxInk. 
Manufactered at Replicat.

Brooke Russell is lovely, talented and busier than a fiddlers elbow. Coming over from Perth a few years back, she has played a huge number of shows all over the place with her band 'The Mean Reds'. Brooke seems to write, and quite easily I should add, songs full of detail and colour and this particular track is no exception.
Brooke Russell performs 'End of the Line' for Located Sounds, recorded on location at Darebin Parklands, Victoria For more of Brooke check out Directed, produced and edited by Caitlin Bryan Audio recorded and mixed by Daniel Hobson
BROOKE RUSSELL performs the song "HOME IS WHERE HE IS" for BalconyTV. Subscribe to us right now at 'Like' us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter - PRESENTED BY CASSIE WALKER With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend country, blues, folk and swing to appease their love of all things vintage.


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