The Rusty Wright Band
- Rusty Wright, Laurie LaCross-Wright, Nick Nickerson, Dean Lopes
“One of the BEST guitarist you’ll ever hear” ~John Galvin - MOLLY HATCHET
“Dude! – Where did YOU come from?” ~Ricky Medlocke – LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Rusty Wright is a big man with a big sound who bleeds Americana Blues Rock. For him, it’s “all about the moment,” commanding the stage to deliver the musical heat, the infectious grooves and penetratingly sincere songs that have earned the Michigan native musician a burgeoning national audience and recognition as a Master Blues Artist in the International Blues Hall of Fame
Those who’ve seen Wright and his top-drawer band – wife and singer-guitarist Laurie Wright, drummer Dean Lopes and bassist Nick Nickerson – perform live will attest to the outfit’s razor-tight, explosive delivery of inventive blues songs with tasty helpings of Southern rock and Detroit-bred grit.
It’s that rare combination (along with Wright’s trademark, flowing white hair and eye-popping guitar leads) that commands immediate attention, fills dance floors and earns roars of approval.
His fearless approach to music has cultivated growing legions of loyal fans and driven Wright since he first started exploring the wonder of music, from blues and country to early rock ’n’ roll to “the long-hair” stuff of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
He started playing guitar in his gospel-singing mother’s touring group starting at age 13, and was writing songs, assembling bands and playing the club circuit in Flint and the Detroit area not long after.
“I loved the blues from my childhood because there was such emotion behind it,” he recalls. That same passion propels Wright’s own music and guitar-playing.
Since 2004, he has spearheaded release of four widely praised studio albums and 2011’s “Live Fire,” shared stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bettye Lavette, Walter Trout and many more, toured the world from Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic to South Korea and Japan and more than once represented the Detroit Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Rusty’s a hard working independent artist that has self-released five albums since 2006 including his most recent release “Wonder Man” [Sadson Music], which reached #8 on the Billboard Blues Chart and #4 on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart; #3 on the Hit Tracks Top 100; Top 10 in Relix Magazine's JamBands chart; #1 on the Blues 411 chart and helped to garner over 150,000 YouTube views & appeared on numerous other national and international airplay charts. The disc was included in year-end "best of" lists and was also nominated for Album of the Year in the Vintage Guitar Magazine Reader's Choice Awards alongside Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Pink Floyd and Sonny Landreth.
INFLUENCES: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddy King, Allman Brothers, Robin Trower.