The Rusty Wright Band is appropriately named because they know how to hit all the "right" notes.
Their show of "Michigan Style Blues" was performed in the Pomerantz Hall at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The informal atmosphere lent itself well to the bluesy sounds from the four-piece ensemble.
The leader of the band is Rusty Wright, a terrific guitar player with a soothing bluesy vocal talent. The songs he played using a slide made of bone had a really neat sound. His wife, Laurie LaCross-Wright had a strong, delightful singing voice and plays the guitar well. Marc Friedman was the talented drummer I enjoyed listening to immensely.
The bass player was tall and had the longest fingers I have ever seen. His lengthy digits slid up and down the strings so smoothly and efficiently. You could not help but watch that process in awe. His name is Dennis Bellinger and he was formerly the bass player for Grand Funk Railroad.
Most of their selections were originals with interesting stories about why they were written. Rusty wrote "I Ain't From Mississippi" to make the point that he felt Yankees can do blues too. It was a cute number.
The song "Black Hat Boogie" was about computer hackers. I also enjoyed "Corvette Sunday" and "The Alarm Clock Blues." LaCross-Wright treated us to her version of "Summertime" and it was outstanding!
No vocals were necessary as the band performed "Southbound." That song provided the perfect showcase for the high degree of instrumental talent each of them possessed.
The crowd coaxed them into an encore to cap off a great evening of blues, thanks to the Rusty Wright Band.