Acoustic guitarist Russ Barenberg is known for his melodic playing, beautiful tone and memorable compositions. Long at the creative forefront of the acoustic music scene, Russ has collaborated with many of its finest artists, including Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Andy Statman and legendary jazz bassist, Charlie Haden. His playing has graced numerous film soundtracks, most notably Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War. Russ's most recent album, When at Last, adds to an "exquisitely original" body of work with more vibrant new melodies and rich ensemble interplay. The CD earned Russ a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance and was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album of the Year. Russ is also a fine teacher who is able to guide students to the core of what they need to work on to sound better.