Russ Lawton grew up in the Boston area where he began drumming professionally and studying with Gene Roma. Early in his career, Russ toured with the Afro-fusion band Zzebra, formed by Osibisa's Nigerian-born percussionist Lofty Amao.

He currently tours and records with a variety of musicians including Phish's Trey Anastasio. Collaborating with Trey includes co-writing songs from Phish's "Farmhouse" CD (featuring the Grammy-nominated song First Tube), Trey's first solo CD, the live "Plasma" CD, and "Live at the Warfield Theatre" DVD with Trey and Carlos Santana, as well as his three latest releases "The Horseshoe Curve," "Tab At The Tab Live" in Atlanta, and “Traveler.”

a href="">Russ's television appearances are PBS's Austin City Limits with Trey Anastasio, Late Night with David Letterman, The Jimmy Fallon Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Conan O'Brien Show, and The Carson Daly Show.

Russ also tours with his fellow TAB band-member, Ray Paczkowski in the Vermont Funk duo, Soule Monde. When not with Trey or Soule Monde, Russ plays with a variety of other musicians, whose repertoire includes blues, funk, country, and rock. In between gigs, Russ keeps busy with his drum students and various studio dates.

Other notable work includes the music for the independent movies "Mud Season," Mike Gordon's "Outside Out" and "Left Hand Path."


Russ LawtonListen to Singles on Spotify
Dan KingBathed In Dream Light
Rob Compa Same Damn Thing
LaMPRuss Lawton Scott Metzger Ray Paczkowski
Soule MondeHoliday Songs / Funky Little Drummer Boy/ Dance Of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Carol Of The Bells
K BongGood To Hear Music
Jennifer HartswickNexus
Katie Jo & The Next Of KinWild Blackberries
Sensible Shoes w/ Joey SpaminatoBreath In Breath Out
Mark LegrandThis Dream I’m In
Christine MalcomI Like You, Crickets, Coyotes& the Big Yellow Moon
John SymthHunger Mountain Clay
Reid Parsons
Tim BrickJust Passin Through
Tiffany Couture She Still Rises
Soule MondeMust Be Nice
Trey AnastasioPaper Wheels
Colleen BartlettSerenity
Molly MillwoodHome
Andrew Hacksaw HarneyCarnival of Groove
Tom BrickThree of a Kind
Herb HeathMixed Bag, Country Roots
Soule MondeSmashed World
Duane CarltonA Girl Like You
The Re-BopsEven Kids Get the Blues
Soule MondeThe Soule Monde LP
Soule MondeSmashed World
Trey AnastasioTraveler
Perry NunnBetween Two Points
Eric PaceFull Brogue
Laughing BuddhaKevin Griffin
Mike WoodwardA Family Christmas
Jeff SampsonSolo World
PatienceThe Roots Of Soule
Trey AnastasioTrey Anastasio (first solo record), Plasma, The Horseshoe Curve, Tab At The Tab
Compilations w/ Trey AnastasioBonnaroo 2002&2004
Austin City Limits Festival2004
Jennifer HartswickOcean Floor (tracks 1-6-7-8), Fuse
The Shrine Afrobeat w/Jimi SholankeEje Kajo
Mike GordonInside In, The Green Sparrow (Pretend)
ZzebraThe LA recordings
Gordon StoneEven With The Odds
Keith LewisShine, Exhausted Alibi's
Ron LevyFinding My way, Voodoo Boogaloo
The DirtminersAmerican Typewriter
Rich PriceMoonlight Breaks ( Tracks 5-8-9)
Rhythmo LocoAll Time Low
Dan KingTwo Kinds Of Mind
Sharin The GrooveRunaway Jim
Sarah SwainOne Girl Town
The GriftLive at Nectar's Trk 7&8
Zeile AugustCloudbursting
Jo HenleyInside Out
Laslo Cameo2nd Avenue Serenade
Notheast Rhyhtm CollectiveNotheast Rhyhtm Collective
Allan NichollsSongs From The Source
What Time is it MR. Fox and other stories
Michael JerlingIn Another Life
Lowell ThompsonThe Repobs
Lowell ThompsonEven Kids Get The Blues
Erin Dooley
Kort mcCumberAin't The Same Before
Megan WalshFloat
vision 2bFree My Angel
Ryan Fawcett
Shannon ChaseNight and Day
Paulie HeathMostly What I Needed
Love StoriesBobby Gosh
Dan AaronWide Alive