The Rusty Wright Band – Live From The End Of The World – First Wave
8 songs plus spoken segments time – 56:26
When life hands you lemons…You make a whiskey sour…Duh! The Florida based The Rusty Wright Band has presented its’ listeners with the musical equivalent of said drink. Unable to perform live shows to an audience, they taped one of their streamed concerts and packaged it in a clever manner with a creative and humorous introduction that owes a debt to Orson Welles’ “War Of The Worlds” radio broadcast. The band is way tight and energetic. No overdubbing was used, everything right off the floor. Rusty and his wife Laurie on guitars and vocals backed by the bombastic rhythm section of Nic Allen on bass and drummer Vail Hayes. Everything composed by Rusty except two thirds of a medley.
“Goin To Nola” gets things off to a rousing start in a blues-rock vein. His guitar playing is sharp as a tack. I’ll be dad gone if his vocal on “Chinfoot Ball” doesn’t bare a similarity to that of Bnois King, formerly with the late great Smokin’ Joe Kubek. They lay down a powerfully uplifting groove on this number. They shuffle it on “Devil In The Details” and rock it out on guitars assisted by strong bass playing.
Bluesy guitar kicks off the slow cooking “Trouble’s Always Knocking”. He continues to unleash a searing axe attack as the song progresses. Husband and wife trade off vocals on the Texas style rocker “World Upside Down”. Rusty turns in perhaps his best vocal performance on “No Man Is An Island”. “Love Treat You Right” has a hint of a Lynnard Skinnard vibe.
A three song medley puts a wrap on the show. “You Can’t Lose, Walkin’ The Dog At The Crossroads” starts off with a funky original that segues via wah-wah guitar into Rufus Thomas’s “Walkin’ The Dog”, ending up with a wicked reading of Cream’s version of “Crossroads”. They undoubtedly do it justice.
A welcome and enjoyable diversion during these troubled times. Much powerful and well executed music is to be found here. After first hearing the spoken chat segments, you can just program them out on your CD player. This is as close to the live experience you can get until venues open back up. Enjoy!