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The Ruckus / Bio

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What People are saying about The Ruckus:
-“My god, I f**king love your songs, listening to them all the time” –Otherside, President of the “We Love Red Hot Chili Peppers” fan page.
-“I funkin’ love the (Dream) song!” –Sean Bera, writer for The Valley Blend Magazine
-“A very concise amalgamation of rock, rap, R&B and Blues. To all who will hear this...if you like it studio, you will love it LIVE.” –ratard816 via Youtube
-“Your music has a lot of funk. I like it” –Jennifer Schanuth, JSOM Online Magazine
-“Their rhythm section is tighter than a frog’s rectum.” –Andrew Gray, Lynchburg Use Lips

The Ruckus - Band Bio

Based out of central Virginia, with influences ranging from Alt Rockers like Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Blues Rockers like the Allman Brothers, to Jazz Legends like Buddy Rich, to Funksters like Prince and Outkast, it took The Ruckus a lot of time onstage to find "our sound". By the time of the recording of our debut album, "A Light Inside", we not only found it, we found that it was unique - something that was ours and only ours - something that transcended our years of playing cover songs.
Casey Wood founded The Ruckus in 2007 with one mission: to make people happy. Through several lineup changes in the early days, The Ruckus was able to accomplish that. But the winds of change were blowing in full force in 2008 when Casey met Joe Barrett, a young student at E.C. Glass High School, where Casey taught English. Joe walked into Casey's class on the first day of school wearing his pajamas and he wrote an essay on how influential Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers had been on his life. The rest is history. From there the two forged a friendship and a songwriting partnership that is still working toward its creative peak and through a scheduling fluke, Joe replaced "Magic" Marcus Hagans as The Ruckus' bass player while still in high school.
The magic really started happening when Jeremy Fretwell joined the band in 2011 and Mark Cullen in 2014. Through jamming and bouncing ideas off of each other, The Ruckus developed a unique sound and writing style that blends Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Hip Hop, and Jazz Fusion.
Playing a grueling schedule that consists of 3-4 nights per week of performances, The Ruckus tightened up their sound and their songs in time to collaborate with Jhon Ackerman at The Recording Zone in early 2013. The result of this collaboration is "A Light Inside" - an album that the band hopes will be someone's "light" in a world that can often seem so dark, musically and otherwise. The Ruckus wants nothing more than for you to enjoy our music as much as we enjoy making it.

General Info

Band Members
Joe Barrett - Bass, Jeremy Fretwell - Guitar, Casey Wood - Guitar, Mark Cullen - Drums, Jeremy Fretwell - Guitar/Vocals
Artist Name
The Ruckus
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Funk / Alternative

Contact Info

Lynchburg, VA
Casey Wood

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