Rusty Evans, with his Martin guitar and a book full of self penned country rock
tunes made the rounds in new York City's famous Brill Building. He connected with
a small record label, who said they would record him if he could come up with the right
songs. Six weeks later he was at Bell Sound recording "I Lived, I Loved and
Lost" and "When I'm Alone With You." These masters were licensed to Coral/Brunswick,
the same label that Buddy Holly made famous.
The record made some noise and Rusty performed at record hops, concerts and night
clubs. His second recording for Brunswick, a rocking version of "Midnight Special"
had King Curtis playing sax. This got on some local charts, enough to get him
appearances on TV and finally, Bandstand. Rusty performed with The Rockabillys,
Gene Mitchell playing lead guitar and Ollie Phillips on bass. He met Buddy Holly
and wrote songs with Ersel Hickey.
Moving from the Brill Building to the Greenwich Village folk music scene he met
and jammed with a then unknown Bob Dylan who picked up on Rusty's Rockabilly vibe
and asked if they met previously at a recording session in Memphis. More singles
were recorded for Musicor, Eagle, Dot and Ribbon records as well as several albums
In the late 1960's he wrote and produced the underground classic
"I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time" for Third Bardo. This song found its way to the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Psychedelic Top 100 for their 30 year anniversary of the
summer of love.
He later recorded albums for CBS, Cameo Parkway and Folkways/Smithsonian. Rusty
retired from music to explore the visual art world for the next several years. His
artwork can be found in the permanent collections of several museums around the
world. Rusty returned to music in the '90's and recorded the CD's, "Slice of Light"
and "Gypsy Dreams."
In 2000, Rusty recorded his updated versions of Johnny Cash's sun sessions. Soon
after the completion of these recordings he began performing his own songs, some
Cash tunes and various Rockabilly classics. It was full circle for Rusty. Now he
and his band, Ring of Fire, are available on this latest CD.
Rusty can be reached at Marcuzi@webtv.net
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