Monday, March 31, 2014

Rusty Wright Band tapped for Blues Hall of Fame® - Coming to Florida soon!

Sadson Music recording artist The Rusty Wright Band was inducted March 19, 2014 into the Blues Hall of Fame® e-museum as a Master Blues Band.
Left to right: Robert Manzitti, Dennis Bellinger, Laurie LaCross-Wright, Marc Friedman, Rusty Wright
The Rusty Wright Band (who will be touring Florida June, 2014) is comprised of guitarists Rusty Wright and Laurie LaCross-Wright of Burton, Michigan, bassist Dennis Bellinger of Flint, Michigan, keyboardist Robert Manzitti of Southgate, Michigan, and Marc Friedman, of West Bloomfield Twp., Michigan.

The Rusty Wright Band has earned international recognition for their distinctive "bluescentric" sound and live shows, which have been described as “an energized blues storm.” The band will be headlining a number of festivals across the country this summer and they will also be sharing billing at other events with artists like Charlie Musselwhite, Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph. The group has just begun to record their fifth album and a European tour is in the works for late autumn.

“The Rusty Wright Band is a wonderfully satisfying, high-energy, rocking, original music show band,” said  Michigan Blues Hall Of Fame Ambassador Claudette Harrell-Manning, welcoming the group as the organization’s newest inductees. An official induction celebration honoring a full slate of inductees will take place later this spring in Detroit.

“We appreciate this honor,” said Rusty Wright.  “It is a very nice feeling to have your music and your efforts acknowledged by your peers. As a fellow performer and recording artist, Claudette understands the challenges, trials and triumphs of this business and for all the years we’ve known her she has been genuine in encouraging and supporting the blues musicians she crosses paths with. She’s an ideal blues ambassador.” Known in blues circles as “Sweet Claudette,” Harrell Manning is also a 2013 Blues Hall of Fame Master Blues Artist inductee.
 Rusty Wright's musical sensibilities are firmly entrenched in the realm of contemporary rock-tinged blues yet his impeccable guitar work also hints of iconic blues legends like the late Freddy King, demonstrating a style honed by time while still embodying the exuberance and playfulness of a fearless youngster. Rather than regenerating the old, deep grooves that have become ruts, Wright and his terrific band moves the music along nicely in the 21st century, tapping into the muse and spirit of the classic Southern blues rock bands to deliver an adrenalized fusing of Texas and Chicago-style blues and swing, spiced with a pinch or two of Southern rock, and delivered with just the right amount of Detroit swagger.

The band's fourth album, This, That & the Other Thing received a Blues 411 Jimi Award for Best Contemporary Release of 2013 and the album was also nominated for three WYCE Jammies - Album of the Year, Best Blues/Soul Album and Listener's Choice Award for Best Regional Album.

Their albums have reached Top 10 on the Billboard regional chart, Top 5 on Relix Magazine's Jam Band chart, Top 150 on the Americana Music Association chart, #21 on the Living Blues Chart, and numerous appearances on the iTunes, Amazon, and Roots Music Report charts. Their music has reached listeners in more than 100 countries and their latest album has been added to more than 70,000 digital jukeboxes across North America.

The virtual Hall of Fame® is divided into three major categories: Legendary Blues Artists;  Master BluesArtists/Master Blues Bands; and Great Blues Artists/Great Blues Bands. As a newly-minted “Master Blues Band” The Rusty Wright Band joins the company of notable blues artists like Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Bobby Rush, Jonny Lang, Other Michigan Blues artists who have been inducted into the BHOF as Master Blues Artists include Bobby Murray, Larry McCray, RJ Spangler, James Cloyd Jr, Howard Glazer, Sir Mack Rice and Johnny Bassett.

Established in 1999, The Blues Hall of Fame e-Museum is a free and open international organization centered around the belief that recognizing worthy Blues Artists should be open, transparent and conducted by other Blues artists, fans, and the general public. The organization’s mission is to present and preserve the past, present and future history of Blues music, a unique American heritage art form, by inducting, promoting and honoring Legendary Blues Artists, Master Blues Artists, and the Great Local Blues Artists of the world.

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