A collection of 13 original songs performed by the Castaways, all residents of Hawaii Island, recorded during the pandemic. The band is officially "genre-neutral," and the wide range of material touches on many themes of modern life – including isolation, anxiety and insurance, as well as positive aspects!

The sessions for this recording were held in June and November of 2020, in our Kumau Barn in North Kohala. It was all recorded "live” by Joey Bradley, then we added a few finishing touches – Anil Prasad on Tabla (#1, #5), Jeff Busch (#4) on Percussion, and Mahina Lee and Valerie Rosa (#5, #6) on Background Vocals. The tracks were mixed and mastered by Garey Shelton in Seattle.  Enjoy!

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Release Date - September 21, 2021

All songs by Richard Russell except

#1, #5 and #11 by Richard Russell (lyrics) and Peter Weinstock (music), and #13 by Lewis Carroll (lyrics) and the Castaways (music).

The Castaways:

Richard Russell – lead vocals, guitars

Brian McCree – standup bass

Jesse Snyder – saxophones, clarinet, flute, vocal (#13)

Alex Czerny – keyboards

Pat Eskildsen – guitars, backing vocals

Noa Eads – drums

Special guests:

Anil Prasad – tablas (#1 & #5)

Jeff Busch – percussion (#4)

Mahina Lee – backing vocals

Valerie Rosa – backing vocals (#5 & #6)

Produced by Richard Russell

Recorded by Joey Bradley in the Studio Kumau Barn

Additional recording by Garey Shelton at GSS Seattle

Mixed and mastered by Garey Shelton

Photography by Anna Pacheco, Sarah Anderson, R&J Russell

Package design by RRussell/Studio Kumau

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About the Album

Performance Dates

Social (Coming Soon)




"Lost on Purpose"

(Song order)

Endangered Species

The One You Are

Waves of Crazy

Present Perfect

Live in the Light

Love ‘Em Anyway


The Hum

My Fault Insurance

Slow Me Down


Einstein’s Lines

The Jabberwocky

Wednesday, February 22nd from 6 to 9 pm at the Blue Dragon Tavern & Musiquarium in Kawaihae

Tickets $12 advance,

$15 at the door – available at:

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