Rusty Bladen to headline Heritage Trail Benefit Concert


concert_heritagetrailRusty Bladen has been announced as the headliner for the Concert For The Heritage Trail, an event supporting the unique and beautiful piece of Madison, Indiana. The concert is February 7, at 8pm at the Red Bicycle Hall in Madison. This will be the first full appearance of Rusty’s new band, which includes Thomas Reed Steveley on guitar, Tyler Brindel on drums, and Neil Bladen on bass.
“I’m happy to have the opportunity to help a great cause,” Rusty says. ” I walk the trail a lot during the year, and we filmed part of the ‘For The Better’ music video on the trail last October.”
The Heritage Trail Conservancy is an 18-year volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources associated with the Heritage Trail Greenway in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for trail visitors.
Tickets to the show are $11 in advance, $15 day of show, and are available at the venue and at redbicyclehall.com

New Year, New Me.

New Year, New Me. Really?  I said I’d lose weight, get in shape and spend time being more productive but you don’t really think it will happen do you? We all say things like that every year.

I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution but I’m here to tell you, good things will happen this year. Maybe not in the obvious ways.

As each year passes, we all learn something. Even if it’s as simple as waiting until 3:30 in the afternoon to call an establishment about a booking. Today was the first time in my entire career that I actually had an employee of a venue hang up on me. Usually, 2:00 pm is a good time to make calls. This particular venue which will go unnamed, was still busy with lunchtime customers at 2:15pm. The funny thing is, it was a place that I have played several times before. Oh well. After all, to that person, I was just another scumbag musician and there were paying customers waiting for their lunch.

We learn that life goes on. After a few weeks off, I’m heading back into circuit training at Rivertown Chiropractic. I always come out of there feeling better and thinking clearer. I’ll keep everyone posted as to how consistent I can be in 2015.

We learn that time flies. One day I’m changing a baby boy’s diaper and in the blink of an eye, that same boy is 26 years old and playing bass in the band with me! My son, Neil is doing a great job, thumping like thunder on a four string Fender. I’m told that our voices sound very similar so that when we sing harmonies, we’re blending together well.

We learn that friends and family are most important. In the long run, it’s how many people show up at the gig or how many CDs were sold. It’s  spending time with loved ones looking back with few regrets

I may not have thought like that in my younger years but I sure do now. Thanks to everyone who’s supported my music. There’s more music on the way…from a new me.

Rusty Bladen show booked in Indy; opens January show for Rocketwood

Rusty paired with the country/blues/rock band Rocketwood for a January 2 at a show in Jeffersonville, and Rusty has also booked a show on January 28 in downtown Indianapolis at the Tin Roof, a venue Rusty has played twice as a headliner. “It’s a really good way to reach some new fans,” Rusty says.  Promoting hisContinue Reading

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