. Russell Kenji Shores born in New York has a varied and impressive resume. Nick -named Thor or Thunder baby by his peers for his thunderous grooves, he began playing bass at age twelve. Armed with a degree in music he began his professional career. Russell has shared the stage with Diana Ross, Julian Lennon, , The Kevin Fowler band ,Debra Watson and the Smokin Aces, Austin For Peace,Lucid Dream, The Steve O" Neil band, The Major Burkes band, The ACC jazz band, The Blues Specialist which features Mel Davis cousin of the legendary T Bone Walker,Elliott Fikes and Soul Sereanade as musical director, Austin Alibi,Wesley United Methodist Church The First Baptist Church ,Mt. Zion Baptist Church and The Freedom Home Baptist Church Mass Choir under the leadership of Pastor O.B Howard Jr. Russell is also on Staff as the electric and contra bass Teacher at the Academy of Music in Austin Tx. Russell plays and has the endorsement of M.T.D basses American and MTD Kingston and SIT strings and Visual Sound pedals and AccuGroove speaker cabs and Gruv Gear and Reunion Blues Gig bags , Genzler Amplification .