extraordinary wedding music
Are you searching for the perfect acoustic music to craft a timeless, beautiful wedding atmosphere? I blend a wide repertoire with grace and expression to create a peerless ambiance.
I'm an award-winning acoustic guitarist and have over a decade of experience performing hundreds of weddings, parties, and events. I create my own instrumental arrangements of pop songs, jazz standards, and classical music with exceptional thought and feeling.
Great experience! Book Russell!! 11/10
"Russell was incredible! We hired him for classical guitar for our ceremony and it was so perfect. Exactly what I hoped for. He played everything I asked for and we got compliments on his behalf for days afterwards! Absolutely flawless. Russell was also so easy to work with, probably the easiest of any vendor we had! Great experience, 100% would recommend to anyone!"
- Kat D., Salem, MA
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what event hosts say
One of the BEST parts of our wedding day! We were looking for something unique yet timeless and fun. Russ far exceeded our expectations with his incredible talent and ability to cover all of our favorite songs, even some requests that weren't already in his extensive repertoire. He was friendly, accommodating, and very responsive throughout the whole process - a top vendor we worked with! Sometimes ceremony/cocktail music is lost in the background with the excitement of the day but not with Russ. His music completely elevated the celebration and made every moment feel even more special. Several of our guests thought the same and raved about him all throughout cocktail hour! Couldn't recommend R.D. King Music more.
Allison and Thomas, Newport RI
R.D. King's music was exactly what we were looking for for our ceremony! He was so easy to work with, very responsive, and was able to play all our favorite songs as guests were arriving and for the ceremony, it was perfect!
Shira and Jordan, Harvard MA
Russ is a professional. He communicated well, assisted with refining the music selection and was very informative about how he was going to work at the wedding. Not to mention he can PLAY. We got so many positive comments about the music. Thank you Russ!
Nick and Maggie, Dennis, MA
Russell was fantastic to work with on our ceremony. He was very responsive and very accommodating with all our requests. My husband even requested Russell learn a musical piece, on short notice, to surprise me during the ceremony! He also learned additional songs for the ceremony and played them beautifully. Russell is very talented and numerous guests commented on how beautifully he played. The music he provided set the exact mood we wanted for our ceremony, happy hour and dinner. Highly recommend his services!
Jennifer and Corey, Newport, RI
R.D King did an amazing job - guests are still commenting! R.D. was very easy to work with and was able to offer more or less support (as needed) with song selection for prelude, processional, and recessional. Overall, we chose specific processional songs and the recessional song. We empowered R.D. to choose the prelude music as he was able to make us feel comfortable based on phone conversations/web calls. If we were to do the wedding all over again, we would likely try to incorporate R.D. even more! Very professional to work with and an amazing guitarist. Thanks again R.D!
Michael and Rayanne, Boston, MA
Russ is an incredibly talented musician and when my husband and I decided we wanted a specific rock song for me to walk down the aisle to, we knew he would be perfect to arrange this for us to make it wedding-worthy! He played during our ceremony and while the guests were arriving. Russ was so easy to work with beforehand (and didn’t mind our indecisiveness over the rest of our ceremony songs!) and did an amazing job arranging custom songs for us as well as everything else he played. Couldn’t recommend him more!!
Lauren and Bill, Topsfield, MA
We found Russell by chance while scrambling to get music for our wedding ceremony, and we are so thankful we did. He is such a talented musician and kind person. Easily reachable, willing to learn new music and a pleasure to work with. We cannot say enough kind words and would highly recommend!
Jamie and Joseph, Bristol, RI
Russ did an amazing job at our wedding ceremony. He was punctual, professional and his music was beautiful. He learned a new song for the processional and it was absolute perfection. He was communicative through the whole process and made sure that we got exactly what we envisioned!!
Baileigh and Matthew, New Bedford, MA
We hired Russ for our wedding and he was incredible. He made 3 custom arrangements for us and walking down the aisle was better than I could have dreamed hearing his acoustic version of mine and my wife's song. He played throughout cocktail hour as well and all of our guests raved about him. He made our wedding amazing!
Macy and Rachel, Cohasset, MA
Russell was incredible! We hired him for classical guitar for our ceremony and it was so perfect. Exactly what I hoped for. He played everything I asked for and we got compliments on his behalf for days afterwards! Absolutely flawless. Russell was also so easy to work with, probably the easiest of any vendor we had! Great experience, 100% would recommend to anyone!
Kat, Salem, MA
My husband and I would recommend R.D. King in a heartbeat! He was absolutely wonderful in every way. Not only is his music absolutely beautiful, but he is incredibly easy to work with! As with most people planning a wedding, we had no prior experience in hiring a musician, nor picking out music for the day. R.D. was prompt at responding to us, easy to talk to, and had suggestions to make the day go by smoothly. In the end, we picked a song for the procession and the recessional, as well as our first dance song. He was so wonderful that he learned two of the songs to play for us! Our first dance was absolutely magical with him playing guitar. He captured the song perfectly, and it was such a wonderful moment for us :). For the other music of the day, we explained to him the type of music we liked, and he ran with it! So it was minimal planning on our part, and an extraordinary musical experience on his part. Throughout the day (and after), many people came up to us to compliment on how well he played. We couldn't have chosen a better musician. I can't say enough good things about R.D. King, and I highly recommend that you hire him for your event. We're glad we did :)
Molly and Jake, Belgrade, ME
R.D. went above and beyond at our event, playing both at our beach ceremony and again during our cocktail hour. His classy and thoughtful arrangements of modern tunes were a hit with our guests (many of whom were musicians themselves). R.D.’s professionalism made planning easy for us, and his musicianship made our day special.
Matt and Sigourney, Dennis, MA
From our initial call with him through the wedding day itself, we knew we were in good hands with R.D. King. He was warm and kind, has a great repertoire, and was willing to learn new music if it meant making our day more special. A consummate professional and talented musician, anyone would be lucky to have R.D. King perform at their wedding.
Lauren and Connor, Wolfeboro NH
Russ did an amazing job playing at our rehearsal dinner. He is a true artist and the evening's music seemed effortless yet engaging. R.D. is really talented and I hope to have an occasion in the near future to hear him again. A perfect mix of classic and new age was just the perfect mix.
Justin, Lenox, MA
"Having R. D. King as our ceremony music was so wonderful and he was such pleasure to work with. We asked him to do pre-ceremony music and processional/recessional. He was really attentive to the vibe we were trying to establish, but his creativity and talent was breathtaking. He was able to cover all the songs we requested (highly recommend Something by the Beatles, my bridal song) and added his beautiful fingerpicking talent. We had considered hiring a trio of strings, but I can say unequivocally, RD King was the way to go.
Catharine and Cameron, Columbus, OH
R.D. was great to work with. He arrived early and was set up and ready to play prior to guests arrival. His musical talent was well received by our guest and I receive many complements on my choice of entertainment for the cocktail portion of our evening. I would highly consider hiring him for the entire evening in the future!!! Thank you again R.D.!!!, for making our party a success.
Kim, Sturbridge, MA
Russ was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations. We hired him for our rehearsal dinner and did not regret it. I would highly recommend him to anyone as our guests were raving about both his personality as well as his musical ability.
Landon and Blair, Newport, RI
"RD played our outdoor wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He is a very talented guitarist and we could not have been happier!! We made specific requests for the processional- one was not your typical piece, and he adapted it beautifully! RD was responsive and professional from start to finish. His playing made for a fun atmosphere at the cocktail hour- great selections. A number of our guests commented how great the music was. Would absolutely recommend RD!"
Julia and Wyatt, Newport, RI
"Beautiful music. Last week Russ played at a party celebrating the 60th Anniversary of our business. He is a really nice guy, arrived in plenty of time and he looked great dressed in a suit and tie. He played beautiful and diverse background music, perfect for the occasion. Our guests really enjoyed his music, I highly recommend him and would call on him again. Thank you Russ!.”
Diane, Scituate, MA
“A soulful artist. R.D. played at the celebration of life memorial service for our daughter. He is a fantastic guitarist. During the service he played Hereafter and Lover Lingers and it was incredibly moving. During our search for a musician for our event we discovered his marvelous songs. If you have the opportunity to hire RD for whatever event you might have just do it! You won’t be disappointed.”
David, Waltham, MA
“Absolutely wonderful. R.D. King is so incredibly talented and an absolute professional. Having him perform at our party absolutely made the day. I cannot recommend him highly enough!.”
Heather, Harvard, MA
“Russ is very talented and he was very professional and responsive. Our guests enjoyed his music and we were very pleased with his work. We would definitely hire him again and would highly recommend him.”
Kathleen, Rye, NH
“Russ played at our wedding during the ceremony and the cocktail hour. He was incredible! Prior to our wedding he had sent us a few clips of him playing his guitar so that we could decide if he was what we were looking for. He is so talented that we chose one of the songs he sent as an example to be played during our processional. We had never heard the song prior to and absolutely fell in love with it. He was easy to communicate with, reliable, and we had no issues at all on our wedding day. He was a pleasure to work with. Many of our guests are talented musicians and have gone out of their way to tell us how impressed they were with Russ. We HIGHLY recommend him!”
Shannon and Barry, Rye, NH
“Russ is an amazing guitarist, he was flexible with last minute changes. He plays beautifully and it added such a beautiful element to our daughter's small intimate wedding. He did an awesome job and was professional, polite and accommodating every step of the way from start to finish. We loved him so much we asked him play longer!”
Felicia, Boston, MA
“From our initial call with him through the wedding day itself, we knew we were in good hands with R.D. King. He was warm and kind, has a great repertoire, and was willing to learn new music if it meant making our day more special. A consummate professional and talented musician, anyone would be lucky to have R.D. King perform at their wedding.”
Connor and Lauren, Wolfeboro, NH
“Provided wonderful dinner music for a high end board dinner - would absolutely book again.”
Deirdre, Boston, MA
“R.D. King performed for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour this past June. I had listened to him play on iTunes and YouTube, but hearing him perform live was incredible! He played a number of Bach pieces for our ceremony and Beatles/contemporary music for our cocktail hour. He was super easy to work with, showed up prepared with his own equipment and really made our wedding special! If we ever have another occasion where we need to hire a guitarist, we would certainly love to hire him and hear him play again! Thank you, Russell!!”
Rachel and Matt, Brewster, MA
“R.D. King performed beautifully for our wine tasting event. On time, professional - would hire again.”
Michael, Westbrook, CT
“Russ was amazing! He is a very talented guitarist and did a great job for a private party. I will hire him again when we do more entertaining. We were so lucky to have found him!!!! I received many compliments on his behalf. Great job Russ! thank you!”
Ann, Boston, MA
“Russ, wow -- you were so wonderful yesterday. Your music was gorgeous, you set the tone for the entire event, and I’ve already gotten several compliments from the guests on your playing. I am so grateful to you. Thank you, again.”
Kelsey and David, Thompson, CT
"R.D. King's music is seamless, he effortlessly flows from one song to the next so much so that you find yourself completely lost in the music and the ambiance he creates. He is punctual and flexible with special requests. R.D. King is a real professional, who you would be lucky to have at any of your parties. This was our second time having him at our nursing home and we will be sure to have him back very soon."
Katie, Waltham MA
"R.D. delivered above and beyond what we had hoped for in our wedding ceremony. He played the songs we selected with thoughtfulness and wonderful skill, and he could not have been easier to work with -- very professional and kind. The gorgeous quality of his performance will stay with us in our memories of the day. We are so grateful!”
Morgan and Jack, Newport RI
"When planning our wedding, we knew music would be a key ingredient. We wanted simplicity, yet something that captured how meaningful it was to have a second chance at a happy marriage. We had heard R.D. King play many times at our local coffee house and were impressed with his skill and his passion for bringing music alive on his guitar. He agreed to play acoustic Beatles songs for the reception and truly gave us the magical wedding we wanted. We even included one of his original compositions during the ceremony! We are fans!
Susan And Gregg, Groton, MA
“R.D. King has played at multiple events that we had in our office: Open Houses and Teacher Appreciation nights. He has always been very professional, on time, a pleasure to work with and his music is exceptional! Truly. I highly recommend his services.”
Pam, Groton, MA
“R.D. helped with requested music for the ceremony and sent it in advanced so we could approve it. He was a pleasure to work with and everyone complimented on the ceremony music and music leading up to the ceremony!”
Michelle and Dan, Peabody, MA
“R.D.'s music added immeasurably to our event - everyone was impressed and his music was perfectly appropriate for this cocktail-style party event for about 100 attendees. He is a very talented musical artist who is clearly passionate about his music and exhibits extraordinary guitar skills. R.D. was very professional and most accommodating in all communications both in planning and during the event. I'm eager to hear him perform again and may need to plan another party for just that purpose!”
Dennis, East Greenwich, RI