Band of brothers…and sisters

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If you talk to musicians enough, you get to know that there are certain patterns. You’ll notice similar stories about growing up.
You’ll find a good many of them had struggles in their early life. A good many of them felt lost for many years, trying to find their place in families, in their schools and in their peer groups.
They all felt lost to a certain extent, until they discovered that their home was music, and their true family was other musicians.
Russell Stover is no different when it comes to his story.
“My father was in the military, and I was born in Vallego, California,” recalled Russell.
So, of course, there were the many moves as a kid.
Then his dad got a job with an NBC affiliate television station in Sacramento.
He was an artistic and creative kid, always more content drawing in his room rather than being outside playing with all the other kids in the neighborhood.
Then as a teenager, life changed forever.
He was in a serious car accident and lost his right arm.
Naturally, this threw the young man for a loop. He now had no idea how to proceed with his life. He says looking back, it was only through his own perseverance and the Grace of God that he made it through his young adult years. He had his demons to fight.
But he made his way to college in Sacramento, and he says finally, his own life started to make sense to him.
“College really opened my eyes, and it helped me open up my personality,” noted Russell. He finally was able to put his “disability” behind him to a large extent, and get on with life…making friends, developing his interests.
He even became a life coach type of speaker, talking to others about how to recover from loss and tragedy. His message is that everyone has the ability to change their life.
“My message to kids is that you each have aspirations. Stick to them! Don’t let anything or anyone get in your way!” emphasized Russell.
The young man never gave up on his own life, and even though life has continual ups and downs, he loves this particular stage of his life.
“I feel like this is my time to shine,” he laughed.
And nowhere does Russell shine brighter than when he is on stage blowing on his harmonica, sending in breath and sending out passion with every curled note.
When he moved to Missouri, he found Dr. Fever and the Venus Flytrap.
He isn’t with the band currently, but he raves about his brothers in music.
“We just clicked, and no matter what we are doing individually, we will always be brothers,” said Russell.
Don’t be surprised to see them jump on stage with each other at the Turning the Tide Benefit.
Once musical brethren, always musical brethren.
That stage is going to rock with everything from folk to blues to rock to funk.
And you will notice one thing…they are family.
And family always sticks together.
Don’t miss Russell Stover. He takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. at Isle of Capri Casino Events Center.
That’s the kind of energy that will roll the tide back from those it sought to crush.
Family, music family, and southern Missouri family, sticks together.

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