Meet the Band

                       

Rusty Wright - Lead Guitar, Vocals

 

Born in Flint, MI and raised on Southern Gospel, Blues, Motown and Detroit Rock n Roll Rusty is a creature of extremes in both personality and musical motivation. His blend of skill, dexterity and versatility has made him a well acclaimed musician. His latest release "Wonder Man" was nominated for Album of the Year in Vintage Guitar Magazine. The other nominees were Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd and Sonny Landreth.

Rusty has toured the world and performed at venues ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands. 

He's currently involved with the advancement of the Spread Music Not Hate Live concert streaming campaign and continuing to release new RWB music. #spreadmusicnothate

Laurie LaCross-Wright - Vocals, Rhythm and Lead Guitar

 

I have the soul of a gypsy and the heart of a homebody. The prospect of traveling to new places exhilarates me but I am equally happy to find my way home again. Home is important to me. So are cats. Everyone should have a few.

My life has been centered around music since I picked up a guitar at age 10 and began taking lessons so I could sing and accompany myself. I've been a guitar player for decades but really consider myself a singer who plays guitar. I'll be the first to point out that in no way am I a technical virtuoso but I do consider myself a rock-solid rhythm guitarist who knows when to fill in, when to use the guitar as a percussive accent, and when to get the heck out of the way of the other instruments.

 I find mixed breed pets more interesting and likable than those with pedigrees - and feel the same way about music. I enjoy it more when it's mixed up and wish the industry didn’t place so much emphasis on pigeonholing music by genre.

I love good music gear but am not very knowledgeable about the intricacies of how electronic things work. I can live with that. I have managed to hang on to the Garcia classical guitar I received for Christmas when I was 12 but from I have been an electric guitar player since I hit 17, refusing to have the ‘chick folk singer’ label slapped on me by performing with an acoustic.  The Fender Telecaster has been my preferred guitar for years now but I also have a deep appreciation for Michigan-made Heritage, Reverend, and Luczak Guitars.

 For years I made my living playing music - both in bands and as a solo act. I also spent years as a newspaper reporter, editor, music columnist and magazine writer but gave that up when I could no longer juggle the many jobs and projects I had going. I miss writing, but not as much as I would miss playing music.

Rusty and I met in 1993. At that time, I was publisher of a local music newspaper called Riff Magazine and I featured his band in one of the first issues. We began dating in late 1996, began playing music together in 1998 and married in 2001. For several years we talked about putting together an original music project and the day finally came when we decided it was time to play music that made us happy - or quit altogether. We launched The Rusty Wright Band in 2004 and never looked back. In 2009 we left our days jobs. No safety net. It’s a daunting lifestyle at times but life’s short and I don’t want to waste any of it looking back with regret over the things I wish I’d done.  I feel fortunate to have lived a musical life for many years, and thanks to Rusty and our bandmates Nic and Dean, I'm having more fun and getting more joy from music than ever before. 

 

Nic Nickerson - Electric and standup Bass, Vocals

Nic Nickerson was born in Chicago Illinois, the home of the Blues. Nic plays several instruments from drums to piano, guitar and bass.  During his high school years Nic played in various bands however, it was throughout his adult life that he became a professional musician playing on the road with touring bands in Chicago area. Nick honed his musical chops by playing six sets a night, six nights a week.  

After Nic returned home from touring he went back to Radio, which he still does today. His main musical influences include Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwistle, Victor Wooten and many others. Even though the players mentioned are not necessarily from the Blues realm, they are players who play with passion. If you don't have passion, you’re not doing it right.  

Nic is also an avid Martial Artist, with black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do.  Happily married to his wife, Nanci for 13 years, she is the person that fuels Nick's passion for playing music, playing the Bass, and diggin' the Blues.

Dean Lopes - Drums, Vocals

RWB drummer Dean Lopes is also a song writer and multi-instrumentalist who has been producing and playing music for more than 25 years. His songs have debuted in the likes of Paramount Studios, E! True Hollywood Stories, Talk Soup, Dr. 90210, Huff and more. 

Dean is forever working to reinvent the common style of the drum culture and open doors to the unconventional and is looking forward to future collaborations with artists of varied genres.