Russell Chudnofsky has recorded and toured the world playing guitar for a number of talented artists including Lori McKenna, Tanya Donelly, Sarah Borges, Amelia White,Eileen Rose, Scott Janovitz, Kris Delmhorst, Todd Thibaud, and Catie Curtis. He has toured as an opening act for Frank Black of the Pixies, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Throwing Muses, Laura Veirs, and has opened for Gillian Welch, Hot Tuna, Ellis Paul, Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band, and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revivial,
Russell played guitar for Lori McKenna on the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw Soul to Soul II tour, the largest country music tour in history. He has also appeared at The Grand Ole Opry, Lincoln Center in New York City, and on Good Morning America with McKenna.
Russell also plays with the Tim Gearan band most Friday nights at Atwoods in Cambridge.
Russell has been teaching guitar lessons and group workshops for over 15 years. He teaches all levels of students in many styles of music: rock, blues, fingerstyle, country, folk and jazz. Russell teaches beginning students how to read music and how to understand melody and rhythm. Reading music is not essential though. With students who have played before, or are past the beginner stage, the emphasis is less on understanding music notation, and more on developing a firm musical repertoire. For intermediate-advanced students, the emphasis is on creating a musical identity of one’s own. In this stage, improvisation is studied, as is music theory and composition.