Bio

lean3“Rusty Bladen is a familiar one to anyone who has spent any amount of time in the live music establishments of Indianapolis. It’s for good reason that he’s one of the most popular live acts: Audiences love him.” — NUVO

Rusty’s solo show is a high energy, freewheeling tour-de-force of Bladen originals, songs from the radio, and some excellent hippie country-rock tunes. The band show is an exhibition of what five guys holding onto the same roots rock clap_bandand roll rope can pull an audience into. The band shows are fun, rockin’ and loud. The solo shows are fun, rockin’ and almost as loud. A veteran of the Indiana music scene, Bladen has played many of the clubs, theaters, bars and festivals in Indiana to build his career. Bladen powers the crowd at his shows with an atmosphere of party songs, sing-alongs and a whole lot of audience participation.

cover_finalNEW ALBUM: Bladen has recorded arguably his best album ever – a Midwesterner’s take on country and rock and roll. The mixing of Bladen’s writing (he penned all the songs) and sound with producer Thom Daugherty’s (former guitarist for The Band Perry and The Elms) gritty-but-sweet touch makes for a sound both familiar and original. Recorded in Indianapolis, the album, in addition to Bladen’s acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, features Daugherty on electric guitar and former Elms member Chris Thomas on drums. The organ was recorded in a southside Indianapolis church. John McDowell, one of the original members of the band The Wright Brothers, contributes background vocals.

scotttheatre_digitalcover25LIVE ALBUM BECOMES LEGENDARY VIA YOUTUBE:  The complete audio from Rusty’s concert at the historic Scott Theatre in Scottsburg, Indiana was mixed and released as a digital-only album available on iTunes in 2012. Rusty Bladen took his full band to the small town venue for an 18-song show, including favorites like “Uppacrick”, “Smoke Like a Train”, “Ride That River”, and “Are You Happy Now?” The band rips through the songs in front of an appreciative audience, and the video recorded that night was originally seen on YouTube, which caused fans to ask for a live album version.

It is the complete show, recorded live. It is what Rusty Bladen does best: homegrown American rock and roll.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

With eight original CD’s, Bladen ranks as one of the best-selling independent artists in the state….song “Ride That River” used in the MGM motion picture “Madison”…has played nearly 5,000 shows in his career…worked extensively with members of John Mellencamp’s band on three of his albums…played major venues that include Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indiana Roof Ballroom…one of the best selling independent artists in the state…has appeared live on more than 30 radio and television stations in the Midwest.

WHAT DO THEY SAY?
“Rusty Bladen is an indispensable part of the Muscatatuck River Music Festival.His fans have an expectation that he will put on an exciting, high energy show, and he never fails to deliver. He wins over fans who have primarily come to see others.
Hugh Partridge, Promoter
Muscatatuck River Music Festival

“My bar was rockin’ like it has rarely rocked before! Rusty Bladen has so much energy we had to put in a new breaker system just for him. He’s fun, talented, and really works the room. Call the paramedics because he knocks the crowd dead. I partied so hard I’m still taking aspirin. I can’t wait to see him again.”
Jimmy “Mad Dog” Matis

owner of Longacre Bar & Grill

NEWSPAPER QUOTE – FROM EVANSVILLE COURIER:
“Rusty Bladen is coming off a home-turf gig with his band at the Madison Regatta before a wild riverfront crowd of 3,000.Bladen emerges from behind a large black, logo-emblazoned backdrop, grinning and pounding a foot on the stage…”

HOLIDAY ALBUM: Rusty released Feels Like Christmas on River Road Records in 2008. Dane Clark (Mellencamp’s drummer) played on it and and was the producer. The album was mixed by the legendary Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams).

DISCOGRAPHY: Rusty has released eight albums on with RRR – Listen and/or purchase here