It’s Homegrown American rock and roll – the shows are a Petty-esque rock and roll and country blast that has Rusty working the crowd, grabbing attention and earning their participation.
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Full Band: Rusty Bladen and The Unstoppables
Solo: Rusty Bladen has played more than 4,000 shows + hundreds of festivals and appeared on more than 100 live radio broadcasts and has dozens of live TV performances.
With nine albums, Rusty performs his original songs and plays from his rotation of more than 400 cover tunes. A veteran of the Indiana music scene, Bladen has played nearly 5,000 shows at clubs, theaters, bars, parties, festivals, schools, weddings and concerts in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Florida to build his following. All Rusty Bladen songs are on iTunes and CDBaby.
With his latest release, Bladen 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) with the sound of producer Thom Daugherty’s (former guitarist for The Band Perry and The Elms) gritty-but-sweet touch makes for an album both familiar and all Bladen. Recorded in Indianapolis, the album, in addition to Bladen’s acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, features Daugherty ripping it up on electric guitar and former Elms member Chris Thomas on drums. John McDowell, one of the original members of the band The Wright Brothers, contributes background vocals.
“Ride That River”, an original song written as the theme song of the Madison Regatta, appears the MGM major motion picture, “Madison.”
Rusty has headlined the Mount Adams Music Fest in Cincinnati, Ohio, Salem Speedway, the WJAA Radio Bustock Concert in Seymour, Muscatatuck Blues Festival, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis,the Celestine Streetfest, River Roots Festival, the Roostertail Music Festival, and the Madison Regatta, and dozens of other festival performances. He has played more than 150 shows a year for the past 20 years.
Rusty’s concert at the historic Scott Theatre in Scottsburg, Indiana is his full band for an 18-song show, including favorites like “Uppacrick”, “Smoke Like a Train”, “Ride That River”, and “Are You Happy Now?” The band ripped through the songs in front of an appreciative audience, and the video recorded that night was originally seen on YouTube, causing fans to beg for a live album release. Rusty remixed and released the complete live show, and shows just what Rusty Bladen does best: homegrown American rock and roll.
HOLIDAY ALBUM: With Feels Like Christmas , Rusty recruited Dane Clark (John Mellencamp’s drummer) to produce and play drums on it. It is full of holiday classics that rock and the newly-penned title track. They have created a stew of rootsy, snarling, homegrown rock and roll Christmas. The album was mixed by the legendary Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams).
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“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
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…”