Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: CD
  • Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: CD
  • Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: CD
  • Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: CD

Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: CD

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Hangin’ at the DeVille Lounge.Inspired by a real place from Rusty's wayward youth in Flint, MI. This is his mystical, mythical, musical celebration of places and times that shaped a generation. Be it good or ill, the devil and all the angels were waiting to see what tales would be told. Come hear what tales we have to tell through Riff your

Hangin’ at the DeVille Lounge.Inspired by a real place from Rusty's wayward youth in Flint, MI. This is his mystical, mythical, musical celebration of places and times that shaped a generation. Be it good or ill, the devil and all the angels were waiting to see what tales would be told. Come hear what tales we have to tell through Riff your bartender as he walks you through the House of Spirits as it revs up to a climactic musical explosion with Burnin' Precious Time to the moral at the end of the story on Devil Music! Come on in! Always room for one more at the DeVille!

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Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: DeVille Lounge-Vinyl
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Hangin' At The DeVille Lounge: DeVille Lounge-Vinyl

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Hangin’ at the DeVille Lounge. Inspired by a real place from Rusty's wayward youth in Flint, MI. This is his mystical, mythical, musical celebration of places and times that shaped a generation. Be it good or ill, the devil and all the angels were waiting to see what tales would be told. Come hear what tales we have to tell through Riff your

Hangin’ at the DeVille Lounge. Inspired by a real place from Rusty's wayward youth in Flint, MI. This is his mystical, mythical, musical celebration of places and times that shaped a generation. Be it good or ill, the devil and all the angels were waiting to see what tales would be told. Come hear what tales we have to tell through Riff your bartender as he walks you through the House of Spirits as it revs up to a climactic musical explosion with Burnin' Precious Time to the moral at the end of the story on Devil Music! Come on in! Always room for one more at the DeVille!

The Vinyl version will ship in November due to supply chain issues but you will get the entire album plus the extended tracks from the CD for free right now as a digital download so you can listen right away AND as a special bonus you'll get a copy of our Christmas song "Santa's In Jail" It's got Santa and puppies and a happy ending guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a little holiday spirit in your heart!

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Wonder Man: CD
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Wonder Man: CD

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Defying easy description or categorization, Wonder Man delivers a sweeping spectrum of blues & rock. Just call it seat groovin', dashboard drumming, eyes-closed & head bobbin' sing-it-loud road trip tunes for the blues & classic rock lover's soul.

“Mix together equal helpings of top-notch musicianship, vintage blues passion, Southern

Defying easy description or categorization, Wonder Man delivers a sweeping spectrum of blues & rock. Just call it seat groovin', dashboard drumming, eyes-closed & head bobbin' sing-it-loud road trip tunes for the blues & classic rock lover's soul.

“Mix together equal helpings of top-notch musicianship, vintage blues passion, Southern rock verve, blue-collar sentiment and a joyous stage attitude, and you’ve got the Rusty Wright Band. Over the past decade, Michigan hasn’t produced a more compelling rock-infused blues outfit.” - John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com

Wonder Man, RWB's fifth Sadson Music release cements Rusty Wright's legacy as a diverse songwriter who defies easy description or categorization. As with past releases, Wonder Man delivers a sweeping spectrum of sound ranging from the snappy horn arrangement of the title track to the heavy Lo-fi vibe of Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman; straight up blues ala Freddy King on the track Gonna Come A Day; Arms of Another which would sound at home on a Robert Cray album; the high-voltage, quirky but fun Chinfoot Ball and Black Hat Boogie; to the retro-style sing along chorus on Love’s Gonna Treat You Right make Wonder Man a strong crossover that works for Blues, Rock or Jam aficionados.

The Rusty Wright Band Rusty Wright – lead guitar, vocals Laurie LaCross-Wright – rhythm guitar, vocals Robert John Manzitti – keyboards Marc Friedman – drums Dennis Bellinger – bass

For guitarist and singer Rusty Wright, it’s “all about the moment,” commanding the stage to deliver the musical heat, the infectious grooves and the penetratingly sincere songs that have earned the Michigan 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, keyboard player Robert John Manzitti, drummer Marc Friedman and bassist Dennis Bellinger (Grand Funk Railroad) – 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.

“Art gives life its real color and it’s that joy that makes it more than just a day-to-day drudge,” the guitarist says of creating music that audiences embrace.

“I try to be socially relevant. I’m just trying to do what I feel old bluesmen who spoke about their experience did at that time. They weren’t afraid to talk about things that may have made people’s eyebrows raise. You should never be afraid of writing a song that might make people think. Music is about making people engage. You might take some heat for it, but as long as you’re being honest, there will always be people who will get it.”

It’s that fearless approach to music that’s cultivated growing legions of loyal fans and driven Wright since he first started sneaking out of the house at night with his cousin on summertime visits to Alabama. The pair explored the wonders of live music, from country to early rock ’n’ roll to “the long-hair” stuff of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Reared in a fertile musical environment that included spinning his auto plant worker dad’s vast collection of vintage blues records and playing guitar in his gospel-singing mother’s touring group starting at age 13, Wright knew from the get-go what he was born to do.

“I hear music all the time. My head, my soul is filled with it. I can’t imagine not creating and making music,” says Wright, who started writing music, assembling bands and playing the club circuit in Flint and the Detroit area as a teenager.

“I loved the blues stuff from childhood because there was such emotion behind it. You listen to some of that Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker or Howlin’ Wolf, and there’s just some incredible emotion flowing out of it. You could just feel it like you were there.”

That same sort of passion propels Wright’s music and live performances. It’s what’s driven him to spend thousands of hours, he says, “learning my craft, cutting my fingers, cramping my hands, and failing and going back and working even harder. There’s a huge emotional investment in becoming a musician.”

His wife, Laurie, an accomplished guitarist and singer in her own right, has witnessed Wright’s devotion to perfecting that musical approach since the couple met in the early 1990s. And she gets to watch the fruits of that labor on stage almost every night.

“He’s a monster of a player. When Rusty and Bob go toe to toe on guitar and keys, it usually turns into the spectacular highlight of the show. It’s fun to watch the reaction of the youngbloods who don’t often get to see that kind of musicianship up close,” she offers, noting Wright also “stands out in any crowd. He cuts an imposing figure, and when you add that mane of white hair hanging past his belt these days, he looks like a wizard wielding a guitar.”

Since 2004, that wizard has spearheaded release of three 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 to South Korea, and more than once represented the Detroit Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge.

The band’s most recent album, 2013’s “This, That & The Other Thing,” earned widespread radio airplay across North America and won Blues 411’s Jimi Award for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. But that’s only the beginning: Wright vows that the band’s next album, “Wonder Man,” will be “the pinnacle” of what he’s striving to deliver as a songwriter and musician. And that means casting an innovative, wide net musically to reflect his eclectic tastes.

“I have so many influences, I don’t just fit in one little space. I do bluesy stuff, but I’m not afraid to experiment,” he insists. “I’m trying to find a way to take the blues farther down the road that will appeal to a younger generation as well. I’m not afraid to bring in other styles of music. But I want it to have passion. You never want to lose the passion and the joy of that music and what it’s trying to express.”

That approach sets the Rusty Wright Band apart from the pack, with its music seamlessly assimilating everything from early prog-rock to “the intricate melodies and harmonies and counter-rhythms” of the Allman Brothers to the “cool riffs” and “right-in-the-pocket” grooves of Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin to the “big heavy bass beats” of electronic music.

It’s all blended with the forthright, honest nature of Wright’s plight-of-the-common-man lyrics, partly the product of growing up in an auto industry town that’s seen its ups and downs. The idea, says Rusty, is to craft “great grooves that are really strong and fun to listen to and that people can dance to” in songs that also “express some ideas.”

As a result, Laurie offers, the music even appeals to people “who think they don’t like blues.”

One thing’s for certain: The band appeals to those seeking the spectacle of a great show combined with soaring vocals and the power of versatile, polished players.

“We don’t depend on gimmicks or props to stand out. We’re definitely more about the music than the eye candy,” Laurie suggests. “We have a good time on stage. There is no acting cool or stand-offish. There is no barrier between us and the audience. We are there for them and for the energy that is exchanged when that connection is made.”

As Rusty puts it: “I can’t abide a shoe-gazer. I’m really big on having things tight and smooth so we can enjoy ourselves and smile at the crowd. People are there to be entertained and playing well is only half of it. You have to entertain.”

And as audiences across the globe are discovering, Wright and his band do that in fearless fashion.

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This, That & the Other Thing: CD
  • This, That & the Other Thing: CD
  • This, That & the Other Thing: CD
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This, That & the Other Thing: CD

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Imagine a sonic suitcase filled with the best of Gary Moore, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, and a little Fabulous Thunderbirds, shaken and stirred so that all of them become the foundation for a whole new sound to be built upon.

In 2004 Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the

Imagine a sonic suitcase filled with the best of Gary Moore, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, and a little Fabulous Thunderbirds, shaken and stirred so that all of them become the foundation for a whole new sound to be built upon.

In 2004 Michigan guitarists Rusty and Laurie Wright put together the first incarnation of the group that would become the Rusty Wright Band. It was only the band's second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, a performance which garnered them a standing ovation and prompted Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke to exclaim “Dude – where the hell did YOU come from?”

Fast forward eight years: Two acclaimed studio albums, an album of live cuts culled from several years of live concert mixes, successful international tours, headliner status on well over half of their concert and festival performances, a syndicated PBS concert performance for 2012, and an updated band lineup that includes former Grand Funk Railroad bassist Dennis Bellinger.

The Rusty Wright Band made the leap from regional favorite to enjoying international recognition and performing at music events on three continents, and in 2012 the band made their national TV debut on an hour-long syndicated PBS program called Backstage Pass. The show was broadcast repeatedly across the country throughout 2012.

Legendary recording engineer Al Hurschman (Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad, Heavy Metal soundtrack, Big Walter Horton, Mark Farner, The Romantics) figured prominently in the recording of both "Playin' with Fire" [Sadson Music 2009] and "This, That & the Other Thing" [Sadson Music 2013] which was recorded at Alliance Recording Co., a world-class studio hidden down a two-track road in a patch of woods near Ann Arbor, Michigan which started out as the Grand Funk Railroad studio formerly dubbed "The Swamp."

For This, That and the Other Thing, Rusty Wright purposefully defies musical profiling, preferring to pay homage to the recording artists he revered in his youth - bands who were concerned more with creating memorable music than with creating the formulaic 3-minute pop tunes demanded by the major labels.

The album is filled with a variety of musical textures and vibes. Songs like "Alarm Clock Blues" (Zappa meets Thorogood), "Whole Lotta Rosie", a surprisingly hip and swingy re-working of the AC/DC classic; "High Price Woman," a straight-ahead blues shuffle; a monumentally cool rendition of "Mississippi Queen" features a Delta-style intro and groove-laden breakdown added to the middle. "Baby Roll On" is a joyful progressive jam. "Handyman" is a tongue-in-cheek Candye Kane-inspired swing ditty sung by Wright's wife, Laurie. Tempering the high-energy tone of the rest of the album are the lushly arranged "How Blue Are You" and "Pen or Sword" which was Wright's tip of the hat to the US Occupy movement which took place while the album was being recorded.

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Playin' with Fire: CD
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Playin' with Fire: CD

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Playin' With Fire takes listeners on a joyful, rolling tour of blues-infused, souped-up Americana. Hints of jazz, rock, and country find their way into this veritable musical stew and this six-piece "energized blues storm" dishes it up and serves it steaming hot - along with a healthy side serving of Motor City flair and attitude. It's a vibrant,

Playin' With Fire takes listeners on a joyful, rolling tour of blues-infused, souped-up Americana. Hints of jazz, rock, and country find their way into this veritable musical stew and this six-piece "energized blues storm" dishes it up and serves it steaming hot - along with a healthy side serving of Motor City flair and attitude. It's a vibrant, honest blending of sounds and styles guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

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Ain't No Good Life: CD
  • Ain't No Good Life: CD
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Ain't No Good Life: CD

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The early RWB sound was guitar-based and contemporary, with a sax section and soaring B3 adding tasty layers of texture. Add dual lead vocalists, a pinch of Motor City attitude, a drop or two of humor and top it all off with a splash of southern rock and you’ve got a musical molotov cocktail called the Rusty Wright Band.

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