A Gallatin Gateway, Montana, native, Russ Olsen’s musical interests ignited when, as a boy, he met a honky-tonk guitar player passing through his rural community.
Russ taught himself to strum guitar and got his start playing bass in the house band at Stacey’s Old Faithful bar in the early 80’s. Russ has played with several local bands and notable musicians, acquiring a reputation for his talent.
He is an original member of Twang, and has played in venues across Montana including the Always Patsy Cline show at the Ellen Theater, Peach Street Studios, and backing up emerging artists at the Music Ranch in the Paradise Valley.
Russ still lives in Gallatin Gateway, with his wife, Lauri and two of their three daughters. Russ is an owner and project manager at R&R Taylor Construction, a commercial general contracting company. When he’s not playing music or with his family, he is doing interesting projects for people in Southwest Montana.