“Alex is a master guitarist whose songwriting continues to flourish.” – Courier News, NJ
For release before March 4, 2022
New Alex Radus Single–We Can’t Play Like Django--drops March 4.
Singer/songwriter Alex Radus releases his new single, We Can’t Play Like Django on March 4. Django is the lead single for Radus’ full length release, Tributaries (Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels), out April 7.
A fan favorite and staple closer for Radus’ live shows, We Can’t Play Like Django is a lighthearted creation myth of the celebrated jazz manouche (gypsy jazz) guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Django invokes the spirit of Reinhardt’s Minor Swing, and features infectious hot club rhythms and jaw-dropping improvisational performances by jazz manouche quartet, Pyrenesia. “And of course, the song celebrates the lament of Django-inspired guitarists everywhere–we can’t play like him!”
In addition to the driving la pompe rhythm, “Django” is driven by compelling storytelling. It tells a fictional “fan art” origin story of Reinhardt’s life, and how he came to be one of the most influential guitarists in jazz history.
This live version of “Django” introduces a global audience to Radus’ captivating live performances, transporting them to an intimate listening room for a compelling story set to an unforgettable jazz manouche soundtrack.
Radus will mark the release of Tributaries with a debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University. Special guest Pyrenesia.
Alex Radus Trio feat. Pyrenesia
Tributaries Album Release Concert
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University (with support from Godfrey Daniels)
Thursday, April 7, 2022 – 7:30PM
Ticket Link: https://zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu/content/alex-radus-trio-album-release-concert
Learn more about Radus’ music and upcoming performances at www.alexradus.com and @alexradusmusic.
Press for “We Can’t Play Like Django” (feat. Pyrenesisa) [Live], the first single off Tributaries.
A “captivating” and “enthralling” release by “genre-bending storyteller, Alex Radus”. – Underground Music Collective “Django” Premiere
“A compelling fan account of Reinhardt’s life and influence.” – New Jersey Stage
“Django” is Makin Waves Song of the Week on New Jersey Stage.
As heard on:
Delaware Public Media: 91.1 WDDE; 91.7 WMPH; and 88.1 WMHS
Alex Radus is known as a “sultry crooner” (City Paper) and “master guitarist” (Courier News), but his songwriting takes center stage, pairing whimsical and poignant storytelling with a genre-bending mix of Americana, swing, blues, folk and more. Radus has toured the country extensively, recorded multiple albums, and earned awards, nominations and critical acclaim for his songwriting, recording and performing. Radus’ music has been featured on radio, TV and film, including Adolescence, directed by Ashley Avis (Black Beauty). His releases include Jewels & Tinware (“creative, original…perfect” – Steel Notes Magazine) and Love Me Like You Hate Me (“impressive…eerie, intense and wonderful” – Morning Call). A staple of the eastern PA music scene, Radus is a frequent performer at the region’s best festivals and venues, including Musikfest, Godfrey Daniels, Steelstacks, World Cafe Live and more. Alex Radus Trio features Daniel Manchester (upright bass) and Charlie Heim (drums). Their upcoming album, Tributaries, was recorded live at the legendary Godfrey Daniels.
“Alex brings an uncanny measure of refinement to the songwriting craft. His wit and wisdom come to light in lyrics that are poignant and sophisticated. His guitar work gravitates between inspired and brilliant. In short – this kid can cook!” – WDVR (89.7 FM)
“[Alex Radus] has charmed the pants of many a lass ‘n’ lad with that F-hole twanging Geetar and that sullen sultry croon.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“His voice, oh Jesus, his voice. This man can sing!” – Elucidator
“Connicky crooner…” – The City Paper, Philadelphia
Alex Radus’ music draws from across the American songwriting spectrum and beyond, leapfrogging genres and blurring the lines between them. An award-winning and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Radus hails from Pennsylvania’s artistically rich Lehigh and Delaware River Valley region.
Radus began his career as the Y chromosome in the Americana duo, duende, which toured extensively, playing some of the country’s best listening rooms. In the early aughts, duende became a staple of Alphabet City’s Anti-Folk scene at the Sidewalk Café, where Radus performed alongside some of NYC’s best up-and-coming and established songwriters, including Regina Spektor, the Moldy Peaches and Chris Barron.
Radus is known as a “sultry crooner” (The City Paper) and a “master guitarist” (Courier News), but his songwriting always takes center stage. An adept composer across diverse genres, Radus pairs whimsical and poignant storytelling with a sophisticated mix of Americana, swing, blues, folk, Anti-folk, country and more.
Radus’ music and performances have been featured on radio, film and television, including three songs featured in 2018’s Adolescence, directed by Ashley Avis (Black Beauty). His discography includes: Jewels & Tinware (“creative, original…perfect” – Steel Notes Magazine); Love Me Like You Hate Me (“impressive…eerie, intense and wonderful” – The Morning Call); and duende (“a fluid, melodic hybrid of roots music” – The Village Voice). Most recently, Radus released a self-titled, debut album with his alt rock project, Hot4Robot (“a brilliant vision…a multi-layered, adventurous soundscape” – Underground Music Collective). His upcoming album, Tributaries, was recorded live at the legendary listening room, Godfrey Daniels (to be released April 7, 2022).
The Alex Radus Trio features Daniel Manchester (Pyrenesia) on upright bass and Charlie Heim (Johnny Showcase; Martha Graham Cracker; Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders) on drums. A staple of the eastern PA music scene, Radus is a frequent performer at the region’s best festivals and venues, including Musikfest, Zoellner Arts Center, Godfrey Daniels, Steelstacks, World Cafe Live and more.
Awards and Nominations
Outstanding Singer/Songwriter 2014 nominee – Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Outstanding Album 2014 nominee for Jewels & Tinware – Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Best Male Solo Artist 2014 nominee – 93.7 WSTW Homey Awards
Best Songwriter 2004 – Upstage Magazine
Recipient – B.E.A.M. Grant for Independent Music – 2003
“Alex Radus is one skillful fretman who seems poised to break out.” – The Morning Call
Downloadable Hi & Low Res Images
(click image for download link)