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Who is Tin Man? Well Tin Man started in 2005 as a solo project for Rusty . Rusty started out as a singing in a high school He taught himself to play guitar and write songs while playing with such Mpls bands as Two Minute Warning, The Hatfields, The Cactus thieves and Passionfish . Rusty gave up the music business in 1995 to focus on his family and a career and relocated to the Seattle area.Over those years away Rusty began writing songs again and had a strong desire to perform live again.
Rusty really wanted to put together a backing band to flesh out his songs. After placing adds on Craigslist searching for the right people and months of frustration Rusty came upon a fantastic drummer by the name of Dave Smith who currently fills the drum chair. But the search for a like minded Guitar player and bassist seemed fruitless by early 2010. So Rusty made a decision to return to Mpls in the summer of 2010 to rerecord some of his best songs and a few new songs with musicians he had played with in the past with great success .
The idea was to give a better representation of his songs in a band setting as to attract the right players to fill out the band. The result is the fully formed and inspiring CD called "Somewhere in the middle" recorded over just 10 days at It's A Secret Studios in MPLS MN It showcases what a strong singer/songwriter Rusty really is. Produced by the legendary Dave Russ with a cast of players that includes Sean Hoffman, Randy Casey, Dave Fierek, Luke Kramer and Tom Bard.
In late 2012 Rusty and Dave made the addition of Phil Suggs on Bass completing the rhythm section On keyboards is Tony T Bone C and rounding out the line up is Randy Casey on Guitar. Tin Man has also started booking shows for early 2011 with this new line up and continues to proform solo. Their debute cd "Somewhere in the middle" was released in spring 2011. They will be releaseing their second cd " BROKEN WISDOM" in Jan 2014.