Rusty Wright Band

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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 twelve years: An international fan base, four acclaimed studio albums, an album of live cuts culled from several years of live concert mixes, two concert DVDs, successful international tours including Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, and an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of S. Korea and Japan; headliner status on well over half of their concert and festival performances, and a national TV debut on an hour-long syndicated PBS concert program that has aired repeatedly across the country for years. Its official - the Rusty Wright Band has made the leap from regional favorite to enjoying international recognition and wowing audiences on three continents.

John Blueshammer from Blue Monday Monthly once described the band as "tighter'n a tutu on a sumo," but the Rusty Wright Band is much more than that. They project non-stop exuberance and energy, and their engaging onstage chemistry and superb musicianship bring people to their feet immediately. They have been called "one of the most entertaining Blues bands in the country today." (Steve Simon, Founder of the St. John Blues Festival and Bluzapalooza Armed Forces Entertainment tours)

Almost 95% of the band's repertoire consists of original, rock-tinged blues that has been described by the El Paso Times as "a smart collection of adrenalized modern blues that showcases not only Rusty Wright's considerable guitar chops but an obvious ability to fuse blues and rock in a way that draws from the former's traditions and the latter's high-voltage power."

Rusty, the band's namesake and primary songwriter, has drawn on his family's Southern roots and a wealth of Blues, Southern Rock and legendary Blues Rock influences to craft his uniquely 'bluescentric' sound that leans on duet-style songs and showcases his flamboyant guitar style. Wright has done an amazing job of creating a signature style and sound all his own that fuses naturally with whatever song it is applied to.

Wonder Man [2015 Sadson Music], 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, & 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, and also WYCE's Jammie Awards.

The band's fourth album "This, That & the Other Thing" [2013 Sadson Music] received Blues 411's Jimi Award for Contemporary Blues Release of 2013. The album made it's debut at #5 on the Relix Magazine/ airplay chart; #15 on the Roots Music Report Blues chart; #21 on the Living Blues chart, and #149 on the Americana Music Association chart. The album was added into rotation on 220+ stations across the US and has been added to more than 70,000 AMI and TouchTunes digital jukeboxes across North America.