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Rusty Bladen

A veteran of the Indiana music scene, Bladen powers the crowd at his shows with an atmosphere of party songs, sing-alongs and a whole lot of audience participation. A college favorite, Rusty has cultivated an extremely loyal Midwestern fan base for his band and his solo performances.

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 and 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.

Selling more than 15,000 copies of his original CD's, Ride That RIver, Everything for Everybody, Rockin Your Houseparty, Are You Happy Now? and Live Acoustic at the Hoosier Theater, Bladen ranks as one of the best selling independent artists in the state.

Recent Highlights:

•Rusty’s song, “Ride That River” was recorded with John Mellencamp band members and appears in the MGM major motion picture “Madison” soundtrack. 

• Headlined the Jasper Strassenfest, Swiss Wine Festival and recently opened for Fiction Plane at the Mount Adams Music Fest in Cincinnati, Ohio • Headlined events at Salem Speedway, WJAA Radio Bustock in Seymour, Muscatatuck Blues Festival, Mellencamp Festival.

• An acoustic version of "Molly's Song", a song about missing person Molly Datillo (from Rusty''s hometown of Madison, Indiana) has been released as a web-only MP3 offering at rustybladen.com and on Rusty's myspace page, and has been downloaded more than 5,000 times since 2008.

• He released his most recent CD, "Feels Like Christmas", in 2008. Produced by Dane Clark (Mellencamp drummer), who also plays on it. The album was mixed by the legendary Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams).

• Appeared on FOX 41 TV (Cincinnati).

• Rusty has performed at Verizon Music Center, opening on the side stage for mainstream artists like Train, Hootie & the Blowfish, Don Henley, Tim McGraw, & Kenny Chesney and has opened for Todd Snider, James McMurtry and Kansas and during May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

•Song list of over 400 popular cover songs and original music, performing solo or full band. He has an email list of 2,000 area fans and friends.


Click here to visit Rusty's website