Russell Schmidt – Guitarist, Singer & Song writer

He is a versatile, experienced professional who performs a wide variety of music and recorded his first album “Jacobs Well” in 1977,  (Simple Song) in 1981, (Rise Up) in 2001 and his 4th (Dreamland) to be released at the end of this year .  During this period of time he toured extensively, performing concerts at colleges, festivals and events across the United States. Russell grew up in Rockford, Minnesota and was the 9th of 14 siblings.

Elsa Lee - Performer Recording Engineer, Singer, Pianist

Elsa is a professional talent that has always loved every kind of music. She creates refreshing new versions to seasoned tunes. Always looking to the next challenge of singing and recordingh all styles and genres of music. Elsa has quickly established herself as a thoughtful and uninhibited performer. Her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting passion in the lyrics she sings.

Tim Sunde - Bass (7 string bass and  Stand up bass)

Tim is passionate about the Bass and it shows in every performance. His playing experience includes performing live music and playing bass guitar in 300 US cities and 28 countries. He is endorsed by and has one of the largest known Peavey USA bass collections.

Tim Schmidt - Drums, Percussion

Tims is a professional drummer living in Minnesota.  His ability to play versatile styles has allowed him to perform in multiple bands and genres. You'll hear him on several recordings and also associated with Yamaha Music International.


About Us & Performance Reviews

  • 09/30/2016 Very highly Recomended. We had the pleasure of having Skippin Stones as an opening band for GB Leighton at our recent Tapped and Uncorked Beer, Wine, and Spirits fundraiser in Roseville.  They performed as a full band of 5 and did an excellent job of getting the crowd ready for a  great evening. We had very positive feedback from folks, and the variety of songs was great.  We are having them perform at our Roseville Holiday Gala as well, where it will be a duo of Russell and Elsa, and we are very much looking forward to them opening for Michael Johnson.  Mary H. , Tapped and Uncorked
  • 08/08/2015 This is the first year we've had Russell w/ Skippin Stones at Carlos Creek and they are already our favorite group. The variety of tunes they know are amazing and keep the crowd involved. We enjoy the strong vocals and the adaptations of the music from the 40s to the modern hits. We've just added more dates with this group. They are professionals in they're appearance and the performance of the music.. Tami - Carlos Creek.
  • 08/19/2014 Waconia, MN. Russell w / Skippin Stones has performed here for over 2 years. We book him as often as we can. The number of tunes he knows and variety of music he has is amazing. Russell has brought so many positive comments from the Staff and the Customers. With his band or solo Russell From Minnesota is a professional who delivers great entertainment for a small or large crowds. Steve, Parley Lake Winery

04/12/2013 Iowa City, IA. Russell from Minnesota is an amazing talent, a terrific performer, a consummate professional, and a classy, engaging gentleman. Our reunion function included 50+ people from different generations. Russell could play accoustic Rock and Folk music from the 1950's to the present day. He included classics from the Beatles, John Denver, Jim Croce and James Taylor but also contemporary hits from artists such as Coldplay and Dave Matthews. Our group was so impressed with Russell, that we plan to reengage him for future events. If you are looking for someone who is professional, reliable and honest look no further. Book Russell from Minnesota for your next event! Marc R. - Event Coordinator

  • 02/13/2013 Tuckers at Buck Hill Bloomington, MN. Russell, thanks for doing such a great job at Tuckers, all the comments from our staff and customers were fantastic. We look forward to having you back next year. Lorie K. Manager - Tuckers.


  • 12/20/2012 Private Party, White Bear Lake, MN. We were very pleased with the service and performance we received from musician Russell. He performed at our Christmas Dinner and he had a great performance. He was interactive with the crowd, very prompt on arriving (even early) and very flexible with setting up and adjusting the performance time. I would definitely hire Russell again. Eve B. Manager - The Cottages.




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