The Rusty Wright Band is:
Rusty Wright - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, band leader
Laurie LaCross-Wright - Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Vocals
Nic Allen - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ed Jones - Drums (Nashville)
Vail Hayes - Drums (Florida)
“Over the past decade, Michigan hasn’t produced a more compelling rock-infused blues outfit.”
~John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com
“Rusty you guys were smokin' tonight. Bravo!”
~Charlie, Musselwhite, Grammy Award winning blues artist
“Easily the best blues band Michigan has produced in the past 10 years.”
~Roger Dresden, Livingston Arts Council
“One of the BEST blues guitarists you'll ever hear.”
~John Galvin, Keyboardist, Molly Hatchet
"Rusty, Laurie and the band are one of the top acts on the road,"
~Brent Stockton, Vangarde Arts
"Rusty Wright gained a whole slew of new fans with his smokin’ hot guitar and great blues songs. His stage manager Bob Willie said it ranked in his Top 10 acts of all-time at the Unum Stage [20+ years]."
~Bob Payne, entertainment editor, The Chattanoogan (Riverbend Music Festival)
“Dude – Where the hell did YOU come from?”
~Rickey Medlocke, Guitarist, Lynyrd Skynyrd
I'm not going to tell you about the 10,000 plus shows I've played or the 9 countries I've toured including entertaining our troops abroad. I'm not going to drone on about making the Billboard Top 10 Blues chart or tell you how good I can play from the awards and accolades I've got from Guitarworld Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine and others. That stuff is on the website.
I know you're way too busy and important to care about any of that because you don't know me and you're not convinced you should even give me the time.
I don't look like what you think an artistic soul should be. I'm not a skinny twenty something with the requisite body piercings and a string of tattoos. In fact I'm so bored with all that I don't have ANY tattoos and the thought of showing my drawers in public fills me with visions of my Mom's face and a thoroughly disgusted expression.
I don't "fit the suit" as the saying goes... I get that.
I'm the king of the left turn. In a world full of pinstripes I'm the guy wearing polka dots. The square peg. The ultimate disconnect. As soon as you think you've got me pinned down you're going to be surprised. I can't really explain why except that I've always felt like an alien on this planet. Dropped off by mistake and I'm just waiting for the mothership to return for me. But until then I make stuff. Print art, Wood carving and especially MUSIC.
My music is not me parroting music like the people who already did it but it's not off in the field of eccentric weirdness either.
My idea of music is a good left turn that will leave you pleasantly surprised and maybe even feel something.
It's a hybrid of various styles because I think of music as an immense banquet and I want to try a little of everything. But understand I filter all of these influences through my own perspective of growing up the son of an Alabama dirt farmer who worked in the car factories of Flint, MI.
I grew up living through the great high of middle class American life in the Rust belt and riding its slow death spiral into poverty as well as spending time in the poor but proud rural south learning what a good heart really is.
I'm a mix of Motor City angst and Southern soul.
I'm always looking to find new ground to til. New thoughts to mine, New feelings to cultivate in a world that is just regurgitating all it's past glories in the hope of squeezing an extra nickel out of it.
My music is "guitarcentric" but there's more elements than that. The vocals are inspired by my mothers gospel quartet where harmony and melody ruled.
It's aggressive but also progressive. Blues based but Rock driven with inflections of swing jazz and country twang and who knows what else at any given moment.
I've endured thousands of losses and scaled the mountain of fake success to find that the only real purpose of what I do is all in those notes that come pouring from the depths of my wayward soul. After all this time I'm still here and I won't go away until the clock says so.
I have a voice and I will use it until I can use it any longer. If you want to hear what I have to say then just "listen"......or judge me with your eyes and ignore everything I've said. It's always your choice. I hope you'll do the former but all I can do is ask and hope you won't talk yourself out of a good thing.
I'll be here. Singing and playing to anybody that cares to listen.
Rusty Wright 2020
Originally from mid-Michigan, Rusty and Laurie Wright, along with their ever changing number of feline family members, now make their home in central Florida.
INFLUENCES: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Freddy King, The Allman Brothers, Robin Trower and so much more.