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Thomasina Brown Project performs final gig together Friday

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - If you're looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, consider checking out the Thomasina Brown Project tonight at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. Band leader Thomasina (Tammy) Russell won't be playing there again for awhile - she's headed for the legendary music town of Austin, Texas, on the advice of her agent Randy Duran of Button's Up Music."It's exciting. He loves my music. He traveled six hours to see my at the Palisade Cafe," Russell said. "He's booking dates in Austin already."And she's planning to get into a recording studio as soon as possible.Tonight, Russell will perform what could be her final gig with her band of two years, comprised of Paul Kelly on drums, bass player Kirk Brosius and Robb Huff on keyboards. Russell plays guitar and sings."They're so awesome. They're really good musicians," Russell said. Now that the word is out, "they're getting snapped up quick."The music is from 7-10 p.m., and there's no cover charge. The music genre spans a wide range - blues, country, rock "Bonnie Raitt-type stuff," Russell said.Before Russell formed her own band, she played with the George King Band, and then The Swamp Coolers. She also played bass for 12 years in the Glenwood Springs area with a three-piece band called Reckless Abandon.The Thomasina Brown Project has recorded a couple of songs, "Boy in his Heart" and "Chase Those Blues," available at People can stream all of Russell's songs for free at's written a few new songs recently that the band will perform tonight, as well as old favorites."I have a following here," Russell said. "It's really cool when the audience is singing my songs when I'm singing. It melts my heart. It's the best compliment ever."But when her agent suggested she move to Austin, it took her only a "nanosecond" to decide."I'm hoping to have a great adventure and be with a lot of creative people, musicians," others who "can't stop the music in their head," Russell said.

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