Awesome Sauce – Russ Carson

by | 13 Jul, 2023

Russ Carson

Engelhardt Music Group has announced the release of Russ Carson’s new single, Awesome Sauce.

Awesome Sauce is the second single from Carson’s upcoming EMG album and the follow up to the successful Bugle Call Rag. Russ is known for his speed and precision on the 5-string banjo and this track highlights that and also features a world-class ensemble of pickers. Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Jake Workman on guitar, Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, and Mike Bub on bass make for an outstanding showcase of true bluegrass music.

Awesome Sauce will be familiar to those who have followed my 81Crowe YouTube channel for a while. I needed a theme song to play at the end of my videos, and this is what I came up with. But the question I constantly got was, “What’s up with the name?” The simple answer is my incredible wife, Bethie. When we first met back in my days with Redline, everything that was cool and exciting was simply Awesome Sauce.

I played all the instruments on the original track, but this time around with the assistance of Jake Workman, Stuart Duncan, Aaron Ramsey, Mike Bub, and my old Mahogany Style 3….. the tune truly came to life.” – Russ Carson.

The single Awesome Sauce is available everywhere now. The full album is due out later this Summer. To preview or download – Click here.

Russ Carson

Russ Carson

About Russ Carson:

Since the age of ten, Russ Carson’s approach to music has been built on preserving its heritage by injecting the passion of a new generation into it. Watching his father build banjos and play old-time fiddle and banjo launched him into a life-long pursuit of studying, performing and recording bluegrass music with artists such as Gold Heart, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Del & Ronnie McCoury, Bobby Osborne, Carl Jackson, Glen Duncan, Lou Reid and many others. As a member of Ricky Skaggs’ legendary band Kentucky Thunder, Russ is driven by a charge to “honor thy music” and prove that the banjo is worthy of being given the chance to shine as a soloist with as much timing, tone, and taste as is required from a fiddle, mandolin or guitar.