“There are many different twists and turns on this release. But whatever type of music he opts to play, MrR has an enjoyable album in Always Blue.” - Alex Henderson


“MrR’s Always Blue has some memorable moments. Russ Smith is, without question, a talented player. I am certainly open to hear whatever Smith puts out under the MrR name.” - Dan MacIntosh


“A high point of Always Blue is the backing vocal work of Jordon Annika Smith, whose sonorous voice fills up space with sound the way a rose garden scents the air.” - Wildy Haskell