THE RUSTY WRIGHT BAND INTERVIEW
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
There are many great musical pieces that make me smile but the first one that comes to mind is the chorus to the Allman Brothers "Whippin' Post". That one really gets inside me.
What was the first musical experience that really touched you?
Wow, that one goes way back to when I was a young boy. Playing in the living room as my mother and her friends sang 4 part southern Gospel songs around the piano we had. I loved listening to the harmonies. It's probably the thin g that developed my musical ear. To this day I can easily pick out the root, third, fifth, seventh and major or minor harmonies to almost anything.
How do you describe your music to people?
My music is very hard to describe in short sentence because I was exposed to so many different styles through life and I take the best of many genres and like to fuse them together in my own stuff. Yes, it's always blues at the core but I'm not afraid to step outside the box and try things with different chord progressions or instruments. I don't believe you should just "parrot" what others have done. Those people did it their way and that's why you remember them. There's no point in me sounding like Muddy Waters or SRV because they already did it. It's my job as a true artist to learn from them and then take the music somewhere new and put MY personality on it. But to answer your question I think my stuff is "Progressive Blues with a sense of humor".
What are your songs about? (are there specific themes they cover?)
My songs cover a wide gambit of ideas. There's the standard Love and Loss ideas but I always try to take those from a different perspective. Like on my new CD "Wonder Man" I have a song called "Arms of Another" that is sung from the point of view of a guy who's divorced from a woman who did him wrong but he still has feelings for her and he receives an invitation to his ex-wifes wedding! LOL! Not your typical love lost song. I never know what will strike me but I do tend to write things that are relevant to the current life and world situation. I don't write about juke joints and screwin around with another man's woman because I don't do those things. I prefer to write about real life experiences or things I've observed first hand or comment on social circumstances that I feel strongly about. Just because it's Blues based doesn't mean it can't be relevant to modern times.
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
Painting and writing more. I am working on a series of how to books for recording that I think will be very beneficial to young musicians. I also do all the graphics for the RWB Cds and posters and T-shirts so I may begin doing more artistic stuff in that area as well but I'll always continue to put out the music. That's my first love.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Hmm, I have played just about every style you can think of but maybe New Country. It really seems to be more like Southern Rock than Country anyway so maybe that style.
What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?
ANYTHING THAT IS DONE BADLY! LOL! I can usually find something positive about most music but I really can't take more than 30 seconds of "Gangsta Rap" or some of the electro-pop stuff. I despise songs that are computer generated beeps and thumps typed out on a screen in time while some auto-tuned robo girl sings insipid baby talk lyrics and then is cut and pasted together for 4 minutes. Katy Perry and Kanye West tend to give me an"Ear Rash" LOL!
What else can we expect from you in the future?
Well as I said I'm writing a recording book series that I hope to release on Kindle late this year as well as a fiction book for next year and I'v already started writing songs for the next Rusty Wright Band release. I've also been doing remakes of some old traditional blues tunes but changing them to fit my style. I plan to release them very soon as a free download just for the fans. It will show the Blues purists that I can do that style but still have a little Rusty flair.
What is your favorite track on your latest album?
Oh it is definitely track 3: Black Hat Boogie. It's a swinging blues boogie about Cyber Pirates (Hackers) Done very tongue in cheek and we had a blast doing a Slide guitar and minimoog harmony solo in the middle! You won't hear stuff like THAT on most blues records. LOL!
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
The industry itself has gone through a huge restructure. The majors are starting to rebuild the old strongholds again where they can maximize profits and control who gets heard but the Indie scene is well established. The biggest problem is that the streaming services and continued piracy just keep killing a lot of small indie acts because they can't generate enough revenue to be able to put out new material. Unless you can record and manufacture your own stuff you eventually just run out of money. The club scene is dead financially and if you don't have enough money to advertise and get press on your release it's very unlikely the public will pick up on it because of the mass of releases out there to sift through. The next few years will be very interesting. I'm working on being able to do more live streaming concerts where people can buy a password for a cheap price and watch and listen to high Def video and sound from their computer so people from all over the world can tune in and see the band as well as chat with us live. Then we offer a DVD of the show that they can order if they liked it.
What's the furthest show from your home that you have done?
We toured Japan in 2009. That was by far the longest road trip. 19 hours in a plane, ugh.
Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,
Without music i would be ................... Living in a cabin or a cave writing books under a pen name.
Playing liveshows is .................... Hard work but the real reward for playing music.
And off course if there is anything you want to share please feel free to do so.
Please check out my music and if you like it then become an RWB supporter by joining the mailing list and COMING TO SHOWS! If you don't support live music on the local level it will someday disappear altogether.
The Rusty Wright Band - Wonder Man
Alweer de vijfde cd van deze blues rockers. En ik moet zeggen er wordt weer een fijne cd afgeleverd. De cd begint met een haast onverwacht nummer, naast de vertrouwde gitaren horen we verrassend genoeg ook blazers in een haast orkestraal nummer.
Maar vanaf het twee nummer is de bluesrock weer alom aanwezig. Klinkt de zang van Rusty weer ouderwets energiek.
Hoe Rusty ook rockt altijd zijn de teksten goed verstaanbaar en dat maakt het luisteren aangenaam.
Liedjes met een kop en een staart , deze cd zorgt er wederom voor dat ik alweer uitkijk naar de Europese tour in de herfst.
Mocht je in de gelegenheid zijn the Rusty Wright Band live aan het werk te zien aarzel dan niet.