Growing up in Texas like so many of you, I spent many, many hours of my younger years stressing out over trying to figure out where I fit in, and how to impress the people around me. Looking back in hindsight, I realize that the time I spent trying to do things and impress, could have been better spent in just living. Many guys find glory and that "in", under the Friday night lights, while others just through their sheer ability to make friends and not feel so awkward in new situations. Still, others find that connection through music. Whether it be through a high school marching band, a show choir, or simply picking up lessons for the guitar or drums, music has always been a great way for young people to not only connect and get noticed, but be able to express themselves without fear of being an outcast. Music has always seemed to play a pivotal role in young peoples lives, and it doesn't hurt in the dating department, if you are that cool guy who can pick a few licks on the tailgate after the hometown football game.
Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, and getting their start in music while attending Dallas Jesuit high school, the three McWilliams brothers, the origins of The Rusty Brothers, took up music as a means of expression and something to do that was beyond the normal pastimes. During that time, the brothers cut a home recording, basically opening the door to take this from an idea, to the promise of a career. Fast forward six years later, and Love, Guitars, & Whiskey was released, the first studio production from The Rusty Brothers. A full length album, featuring good rhythmic melodies, great intelligent lyrics, a good flow to the album as a whole, and a general feeling of an act that we'll certainly be looking forward to future endeavors from.
While talking with they guys after a recent performance for the Ranch Factor 2012, at the Railhead in Willow Park, the guys shared their plans for future music, and the direction of the band. "We're really settling into a unique sound and have developed a live show, that we are ready to take to new fans across Texas." With Andrew's words having absolute validity, the unique is there. A sweet blend of three-part harmonies, clean melodies, and genuinely catchy lyrics, The Rusty Brothers are certainly an act to take notice of. Talks of new music being in the works, and new tunes being penned all the time, studio time is in the near future, but on hold and pending the outcome of this years Ranch Factor contest.
Taking good direction from many of the Texas/Red Dirt artist to proceed them on the scene, the Rusty Brothers can certainly be found following closely in the footsteps of those predecessors. Priding themselves on a high-energy live show, that is always entertaining, and fan friendly, The Rusty Brothers have most definitely laid the foundation for a good career. I highly recommend making a trip out to the Railhead and casting your vote for this years winner in the Ranch Factor competition, and should you make it to a Rusty Brothers show, they just might grab your vote. I'll leave you guys with this clip of a clever cover from a recent performance at the Capitol Bar.
As hard as it is to be noticed for the great things in life these days, take some time to notice and appreciate someone for the simple things that they do to make a difference. A positive attitude and an appreciative smile and a thank you can carry more weight than any combination of a thousand complaints. Besides, life ain't all that bad. Everyone has struggles, everyone experiences pain, it really is about how we learn and build from that pain that makes us who we are. Anyone can be a hard-heart ball of negativity, but it takes a special person to persevere and laugh in the rain, and smile through the pain. Make it a point to be kind to that stranger wearing the frown at the gas station, and compliment your neighbor on something that they take pride in. Kill them with kindness, and make a difference. This is Texas Red Dirt Roads.
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