Our second Austin, Texas native, Michael “Pinky” Russell, began his love affair with music at the age of 10, playing saxophone. He continued saxophone throughout middle school, high school, and even a semester at The University of North Texas (where he earned his nickname after wearing a pink shirt to band practice). Pinky received his first guitar on his 16th birthday. He then taught himself to play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, piano, drums, and several wind and string instruments in only a few short years. He is definitely our music aficionado! “Guitar players are a dime-a-dozen; bass players get jobs.” – This quote from a musical mentor is what drove Pinky to settle in where he belongs. Extensively studying the works of such bass players as Paul McCartney and Nathan East, he fell in love with the bass. 10 years later as a member of the Plush family, he continues to learn and grow in all aspects of his craft and can dance while playing bass fantastically! Pinky’s favorite performance experience so far was opening for Boston in 2011. He loves all things whiskey; his favorite color is pink (surprise, surprise); he married his high school sweetheart, and he can’t say no to a superhero movie.