About the Rusty Wright Band
John Blueshammer from Blue Monday Monthly once described the band as “tighter’n a tutu on a sumo wrestler,” but this band is much more than that. They project non-stop exuberance and energy, and their engaging onstage chemistry and superb musicianship bring people to their feet immediately. They have been called “one of the most entertaining Blues bands in the country today.” (Steve Simon, Founder of the St. John Blues Festival and Bluzapalooza Armed Forces Entertainment tours)
About 85% of the band’s repertoire consists of original, rock-tinged blues that has been described by the El Paso Times as “a smart collection of adrenalized modern blues that showcases not only Rusty Wright's considerable guitar chops but an obvious ability to fuse blues and rock in a way that draws from the former's traditions and the latter's high-voltage power.”
Rusty, the band’s namesake and primary songwriter, has drawn on his family’s Southern roots and a wealth of Blues, Southern Rock and legendary Blues Rock influences to craft his uniquely ‘bluescentric’ sound that leans on duet-style songs and showcases his flamboyant guitar style. Wright has done an amazing job of creating a signature style and sound all his own that fuses naturally with whatever song it is applied to.
The band's fourth album "This, That & the Other Thing" [Sadson Music 2013] made it’s debut at #5 on the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com airplay chart; #15 on the Roots Music Report Blues chart; #21 on the Living Blues chart, and #149 on the Americana Music Association chart. The album was added into rotation on 220+ stations across the US and in April the album was made available on more than 57,000 Touchtunes digital jukeboxes across North America.
In the Beginning...
In 2004 Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the group that would become the Rusty Wright Band. It was only the band's second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, a performance which garnered them a standing ovation and prompted Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke to exclaim “Dude – where the hell did YOU come from?”
Fast forward nine years: An international fan base, three acclaimed studio albums, an album of live cuts culled from several years of live concert mixes, two concert DVDs, several successful international tours including an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of S. Korea and Japan; headliner status on well over half of their concert and festival performances, and a national TV debut on an hour-long syndicated PBS concert program that has aired repeatedly across the country for more than a year. Its official - the Rusty Wright Band has made the leap from regional favorite to enjoying international recognition and wowing audiences on three continents.
“One of the BEST blues guitarists you'll ever hear… They were on fire! This band is destined for greatness! Very nice people as well. Watch for them in your area...you will not be disappointed!” John Galvin, keyboardist, Molly Hatchet
“This band is one of the hottest Blues bands to ever grace the stage.” Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center
“The Best Blues in the Land.” Livingston Arts Council
“One of Michigan’s top blues outfits,” Joe Ballor, JB Blues Blog
2013 Fargo Blues Festival: “Some well-known artists are headlining the festival. However, according to [Dan] Bredell, all of the acts are very talented. He recommended the Rusty Wright Band and Albert Castiglia as two bands that are performing during the day that people should not miss.” Fargo Monthly Magazine
“Make no mistake; this act is much more than a 'guitar' band. They are the embodiment of what The Blues is all about. Some the best blues I've ever heard.” Craig Martin, Executive Director, Pix Theatre
2011 Marquette Blues Festival: “In our seven year history we have never repeated an artist from outside of our local area. We had so many requests for these folks that we had little choice but to bring this fiery Michigan blues band back to Marquette!”