RUSTIE BLUE enjoys entertaining people. When she’s performing, she wants to make sure everyone in the audience is having as much fun as she is. “It is really hard to keep me up on the stage. I like to get down where the crowd is. When I’m singing, I’ll...
RUSTIE BLUE enjoys entertaining people. When she’s performing, she wants to make sure everyone in the audience is having as much fun as she is. “It is really hard to keep me up on the stage. I like to get down where the crowd is. When I’m singing, I’ll dance with them.” Another aspect of fun in Rustie’s shows comes from her unintentional comedic antics. “I don’t have to tell jokes to be funny on stage, she confesses, “Because I’m so accident-prone, that makes people laugh.” To date, Rustie has gotten her hair caught in a sweeper, caught her hair on fire, almost fallen off the stage, and tripped over her own feet while learning a line dance. “When I was on tour in Europe, I was trying to learn to line dance, and I tripped over my two left feet. I literally slide under the table!
She has, fortunately, fared better musically. Growing up in rural southeast Ohio, Rustie, her three sisters, and three brothers spent many hours entertaining themselves. “I can remember sitting in my bedroom and singing for hours! I’d also sing at family gatherings.” Though Rustie appreciates all types of music, two American musical icons, in particular, have been most influential. “My number one favorite entertainer of all time is Elvis Presley. I don’t think there will ever be another like him. I think he has helped me with the entertainment aspect. From the moment he walks on stage, he has so much charisma, people were just drawn to him.” Rustie also has much respect for Dolly Parton for being a savvy businesswoman and talented songwriter
In the early 90s, Rustie began making several trips to Nashville in search of a record deal. Initially disappointed that the early trips produced no promising leads, she realizes in hind sight, that she still had yet to discover her own musical style. “Though I thought I was, I definitely wasn’t ready. My voice wasn’t ready. My entertainment abilities weren’t ready.” Back home, she began working on developing her voice and improving her stage presence. In 1997, Robert Keister, of Center Stage Productions, saw Rustie performing in a local club in Ohio. “He told me that he liked my voice but that I needed to be able to interact with the crowd more, not just stand up there and sing.” Rustie admits, “At that time, you couldn’t get me up on the stage for more than two songs, because the audience would expect me to talk to them. Well, I wasn’t scared to sing, but I was scared to talk!” Robert set out to help her conquer her shyness by introducing her to his show, Center Stage Legends in Concert. He already had cast members in place for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline tribute acts – and was looking to cast the part for the Dolly Parton role. Though at first apprehensive about paying tribute to such a recognizable music icon, it was Rustie’s audience who helped her break into the role. “From the very first time I did the Dolly show, I had a great audience. They were really into it, and because they enjoyed it, I got more into it.” She held that gig for a couple years, before once again focusing on her own career. “Robert jokes that he hasn’t been able to shut me up since!” He remains Rustie’s manager today
In 2000, Rustie released her debut album That Oughta Do It with “I’m Dropping Tears” being the kickoff single to impact overseas markets. After her sophomore album, Enter At Your Own Risk, was released two years later, Rustie headed overseas on a promotional tour, bringing her music to Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands. In 2003, Rustie partook in another tour across Australia (where she had the honor of performing at the 17th Annual Telstra Mildura Festival) and also New Zealand
Momentum gained from Rustie’s critically acclaimed album, Chip, Chip, made 2004 another winning for her. Chip, Chip featured the title track hit duet with Bill Anderson, and the single received rave reviews. Renowned music journalist Robert K. Oermann proclaimed, "Rustie’s harmony vocal is on the money. The production thumps right along!” The song won Vocal Collaboration Of The Year in 2005 and staked out at the top of the European Country Music Association Chart for seven weeks! The following year, she stepped on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage to accept an award for her duet with Bill. A nomination in the “Female Artist of the Year” category in the 2005 Music Box France Awards placed Rustie among big-name contenders: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and Gretchen Wilson! “Cloud of Dust” and “Don’t Come Cryin’” (from her Chip, Chip album) were both “picked” on the After Midnite With Blair Garner syndicated radio show
More success followed in 2007, when Rustie entered the fan-voted Famecast competition. During five voting periods, her fans advanced her first into the Top 50, then Top 25, to Top 10, and finally the Top 5. Famecast flew all five artists to Austin, TX to compete for the title of Famecast Country Fenom; Rustie placed 2nd by just two votes
Four years after the release of her last album comes Stronger Than Steel, and true to its title, the album showcases some of Rustie’s best work to date! She recorded all twelve songs in Nashville backed by some of Music City’s top studio musicians including Lonnie Wilson (percussion) and Larry Franklin (fiddle). Stronger Than Steel features two songs that Rustie co-write – the title track and “Cowgirls Do It Better.” Country Weekly magazine’s Senior Editor, Larry Holden, referred to “Cowgirls” as being “a rompingly funny look at the romantic world of guys and gals.” There are also three duets featured on the album. Rustie pairs with the album’s producer, Willie Mack, on “Stronger Than Steel” and “It Hurts Like Love.” The third is her hit duet with Bill Anderson, “Chip, Chip,” which is included as the bonus track. Another highlight is “Fall In the First Place,” the Terri Clark co-penned tuned. “This album has been a long time coming! I'm really fortunate to have such a great talent as Willie Mack to produce my new album and to have worked with some of Nashville's award-winning musicians!” Rustie says that, with Stronger Than Steel, she has hit her stride. “I feel as though I finally have found myself and voice in this album.
About.com Hosts Listening Party for RUSTIE BLUE by Lancaster, OH (August 20, 2008) – About.com: Country Music is hosting a Listening Party in honor of RUSTIE BLUE’s Stronger Than Steel album, and you’re invited! The listening party began online...
RUSTIE BLUE to Cruise With Kevin Richards! by Nashville, TN (September 10, 2008) – RUSTIE BLUE has been personally invited by CMA award-winning radio personality, Kevin Richards, as a guest artist on the Kevin Richards Country Cruise! Other...
About.com Hosts Listening Party for RUSTIE BLUE by Lancaster, OH (August 20, 2008) – About.com: Country Music is hosting a Listening Party in honor of RUSTIE BLUE’s Stronger Than Steel album, and you’re invited! The listening party began online this morning, with all thirteen songs from the forthcoming album now posted in full-length at http://countrymusic.about.com/b/2008/08/20/rustie-blue-stronger-than-steel-listening-party.htm.
This is Rustie’s very first listening party and she is thrilled to have this unique opportunity to share her music with a wider audience. “I'm so EXCITED to be having my own Listening Party and very honored that About.com is hosting it for me! How cool is that?”
Stronger Than Steel comes four years after Rustie’s previous album. She co-wrote the title track and "Cowgirls Do It Better" on the new album. Other writers on the album include Terri Clark on "Fall In the First Place" (written with Gilles Godard and Bobby Tomberlane) and Deborah Allen on "It Hurts Like Love" (written with Chuck Jones). Rustie also recorded "Where I Used to Be," a song that Country Weekly magazine's Senior Editor, Larry Holden co-wrote with fellow CW colleague, Jerry Holthouse, and also Sergei Olkovsky. Willie Mack produced the album and also duets with Rustie on "Stronger Than Steel" and "It Hurts Like Love." Rustie also included “Chip, Chip” – her hit duet with “Whispering” Bill Anderson – as a bonus track.
One word says how I feel about my new album: WOW!” It’s not hard to see Rustie’s exuding joy as she discusses her fourth album! “I feel that I have truly been blessed to be in the studio with such honorable musicians that have backed some of the most famous and talented in the business! To have such gifted songwriters involved with my project! To have Glenn Sweitzer [of Fresh Design + Film] do my photos and album artwork with the same passion that he shows to folks like Tim McGraw and Rascals Flatts! Willie Mack, producer and a star in his own right! What more could a gal ask for?
The release date for Stronger Than Steel is this Tuesday, August 26, 2008! Pre-orders are being taken for the album, and Rustie will autograph each copy that is pre-ordered from her official artist website at www.rustieblue.com! (CDs will be shipped out on or before August 26.)
Also, look for Rustie in the next issue of Country Weekly magazine! She will be a featured artist in the Listen Up! section. In conjunction with the feature, Rustie will appear in the pages of Country Weekly as well as online via their website.
mp3 for “One Hot Summer Ago” and review copies of Stronger Than Steel are available upon request. Rustie is also available for interviews! Please direct all interview/media inquiries to Robert Keister at
RUSTIE BLUE to Cruise With Kevin Richards! by Nashville, TN (September 10, 2008) – RUSTIE BLUE has been personally invited by CMA award-winning radio personality, Kevin Richards, as a guest artist on the Kevin Richards Country Cruise! Other artists also scheduled for this cruise include Mark Chesnutt, Daniel Lee Martin, Dale Watson, among others.
Guests will set sail February 22 through March 1, 2009, aboard the Carnival Valor. Cruise activities will include exclusive country concerts, line dancing lessons, autograph sessions and meet and greets, Q & A session with the artists, country karaoke, and the Country Trivia Game Show!
Rustie joins an elite group of artists to be invited to cruise with Kevin Richards! (Suzy Bogguss, Jimmy Fortune, Neal McCoy, Richie McDonald, Craig Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, and Bryan White are among the guest artists who participated in previous Kevin Richards Country Cruise trips!)
Visit http://www.kevinrichards.com/countrycruise for a full cruise itinerary and pricing!
Call 1.888.804.4318 (toll free number) to book your spot in the cruise today! When booking, be sure to mention Rustie Blue’s name, so that you will be included in all VIP events with Rustie for the duration of the cruise!
Rustie’s current single is “One Hot Summer Ago.” Stronger Than Steel is available for purchase on Rustie’s official artist website www.rustieblue.com.
RUSTIE BLUE Featured in Country Weekly! by RUSTIE BLUE Featured in September 8 Issue of Country Weekly!
Lancaster, OH (August 25, 2008) – RUSTIE BLUE is a featured artist in the NEW issue of Country Weekly magazine! The issue dated September 8 – with Taylor Swift on the cover – hits newsstands today! Rustie appears on page 56 in LISTEN UP! In conjunction with the new issue, Rustie is also featured on the Country Weekly website! She is offering a FREE download for “Where I Used to Be” to fans in the FREE MUSIC section at www.countryweekly.com.
The Country Weekly staff has long been supportive of Rustie’s career for several years. In fact, one of the first stops Rustie made to preview songs from her forthcoming album was to their office in Nashville, where she performed “Cowgirls Do It Better” (one of 13 songs on her new album, Stronger Than Steel). The song had just been penned in a songwriting session earlier in the day and was so new that Rustie sang it with lyric sheet in hand! Larry Holden, Senior Editor of the long-running publication, described the tune as being “a rompingly funny look at the romantic world of guys and gals.”
Stronger Than Steel – Rustie’s fourth album – also receives high marks from Larry: "Rustie is a stand out performer and this is a stand out album!”
“One Hot Summer Ago” is the lead single from Stronger Than Steel, which officially releases TOMORROW, August 26, 2008!
Fans who pre-order directly from www.rustieblue.com/merch/item?id=3 will receive their copies AUTOGRAPHED!
mp3 for “One Hot Summer Ago” and review copies of Stronger Than Steel are available upon request. Please direct all interview/media inquiries to Robert Keister at
RUSTIE BLUE'S Fourth Album Is STRONGER THAN STEEL! by Lancaster, OH (July 25, 2008) – RUSTIE BLUE’s highly anticipated fourth album, Stronger Than Steel, has been set for release on August 26, 2008! This is the follow-up album to her critically acclaimed Chip, Chip. Early feedback suggests that this should become another successful release for Rustie!
Larry Holden, Country Weekly Senior Editor: "An artist should always take a new project "up a notch" from the previous album. Rustie has done that Big Time. This is a well-crafted, well-produced CD. Rustie has definitely hit her stride.
Stuart Cameron, Radio Borders, Up Country magazine, Rush Released (formerly HotDisc): "It's been a four year wait for the new Rustie Blue album and it's been well worth the wait.
In that four years Rustie has matured into a performer who is at the very top of her tree on the independent scene, and the only problem was being able to choose the right singles to promote the album. There are so many potential singles on this album - each track offering something different and refreshing. I cannot recommend the album enough; a tremendous effort all round!
Mark Trail, Mark Trail Music: "Rustie’s new album, Stronger Than Steel, is chock-full of great music and well penned songs! ‘One Hot Summer Ago,’ is a fantastic country song that is a well sung and produced! Congrats on a job well done!
One Hot Summer Ago" – the first single to be released from the album – is going for Adds at New Music Weekly this week! New Music Weekly is also making the single available for download at Airplay Access. Program Directors, Music Directors, Syndicate Radio, and Internet Radio are invited to download the single to spin on their stations
In conjunction with Rustie’s forthcoming album release, "One Hot Summer Ago" has been included on a couple compilation albums. It is a Premier Cut in the July 2008 edition of the Hot Disc Rush Released album. Stuart Cameron placed the single as the first song on an album that also includes Sylvia, Cowboy Crush, and The Bellamy Brothers. Rustie is also being featured in this month’s Up Country publication. "One Hot Summer Ago" entered the HotDisc Top 40 Chart at #17 and has climbed up to #9 this week! Disc jockeys who do not currently receive the Rush Released CD may download "One Hot Summer Ago" and other tracks from the current compilation album directly from the HotDisc website at www.hotdisc.net. Disc jockeys are asked to apply by submitting their station details, after which they will be provided with a password to the download page for that month.
One Hot Summer Ago" is also included on Mark Trail's M-T-M #30 compilation album, which have been mailed to nearly 700 US and international radio stations.
mp3 for "One Hot Summer Ago" and review copies of Stronger Than Steel are available upon request. Please direct all interview/media inquiries to Robert Keister at email@example.com
Conman Radio Shines Spotlight On RUSTIE BLUE by LISTEN UP: Conman Radio Show Shines Spotlight On RUSTIE BLUE
Englewood, CO (July 17, 2008) – RUSTIE BLUE will be on The Conman Radio Show TOMORROW evening! She is the featured artist in the "Bar Bands & Basement Tapes" segment, which is scheduled to air at 8:15 PM, Mountain time zone (9:15 PM Central/10:15PM Eastern time). The show’s host, Chris Conn, will highlight several songs from Rustie’s forthcoming album, Stronger Than Steel! Fans are invited to tune in to the show via the stations who carry the show or online at www.ConmanRadio.com.
Chris’ inspiration for implementing "Bar Bands & Basement Tapes" into his show sprung forth from a simple concept. "Years ago, I started a feature on my radio show called ‘Bar Bands & Basement Tapes.’ It was designed to give Independent country talent 15 minutes of fame in front of a national audience. Since it's conception, I have featured hundreds of up and coming talents. Some have gone on to sign major recording contracts (Danielle Peck, Ashley Gearing, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Amanda Wilson) and some simply fade away.
He is excited to be featuring Rustie on tomorrow’s show! "This Friday, I will be featuring a great singer/songwriter by the name of Rustie Blue. I have known Rustie for years and continue to watch her star rise! She recently sent me a copy of her new CD, Stronger Than Steel, and I was blown away by her level of talent and maturity of the album. This is exactly why I started ‘Bar Bands & Basement Tapes’! I want the rest of the nation to know that there is more to country music than just the top 40 songs you hear on most radio stations!
Stronger Than Steel is the follow-up to Rustie’s critically acclaimed album, Chip, Chip, and is set for a August 26, 2008 release. Rustie co-wrote the title track and "Cowgirls Do It Better" on the new album. Other writers on the album include Terri Clark on "Fall In the First Place" (written with Gilles Godard and Bobby Tomberlane) and Deborah Allen on "It Hurts Like Love" (written with Chuck Jones). Rustie also recorded "Where I Used to Be," co-written by Country Weekly magazine’s Senior Editor, Larry Holden, (written with fellow CW colleague, Jerry Holthouse and also Sergei Olkovsky). Willie Mack produced the album and is also a featured guest vocalist on "Stronger Than Steel" and "It Hurts Like Love.
The first single from the new album is "One Hot Summer Ago" which has already been shipped to radio.
mp3 for "One Hot Summer Ago" and review copies of Stronger Than Steel are available upon request. Please direct all interview/media inquiries to Robert Keister at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rustie releases "I Break Things" to Radio by RUSTIE BLUE follows "One Hot Summer Ago" with "I Break Things
Nashville, TN (October 14, 2008) Center Stage Production's Rustie Blue has two singles on the prestigious HotDisc Top 40 Chart this week. Rustie's top 10 single, "One Hot Summer Ago" is in it's 12th week on the HotDisc Top 40 Chart. Her follow-up single, "I Break Things," from her new album, "Stronger Than Steel" debuted at #28. "It is just so exiting to have two singles on the HotDisc Chart at the same time", says Rustie. "The great support from radio really means so much to me." Rustie says, "When I sing "I Break Things", I really live it, it's me to a tee. I get compared to Lucille Ball and Gracie Allen a lot, due to my unintentional comedic antics on stage." "Today's Country Magazine" says, "Rustie’s bluesy take on Erika Jo’s minor hit “I Break Things,” gives the song a whole new life and feel". "I Break Things" was written by Wade Kirby, Monty Criswell, and produced by Willie Mack. Rustie's new single, "I Break Things" is available to buy at digital retailers such as Itunes, Amazon, CDBABY, among other retailers.
Disc jockeys who do not currently receive the Rush Released CD may download "I Break Things" and other tracks from the current compilation album, directly from the HotDisc website at www.hotdisc.net. Disc jockeys are asked to apply by submitting their station details, after which they will be provided with a password to the download page, for that month.
Listen to "I Break Things" and check out the latest news, reviews, photo's and learn more about Rustie! Log onto www.rustieblue.com or www.myspace.com/rustieblue
See Rustie in concert:
Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th at the Nuangola Grove Theater in Nuangola, PA. For tickets and additional information go to:
CD cover design & photo: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Design & Film
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RUSTIE BLUE says "Cowgirls Do It Better" by www.rustieblue.com Nashville, TN (April 28, 2009) - Center Stage Productions recording artist, Rustie Blue's new single, "Cowgirls Do It Better" hits The U.S. Airwaves this week via April's M-T-M #34 Compilation, Nashville. "Cowgirls Do It Better," a song written by Rustie Blue, John Foster, and Mark Trail has been described by Country Weekly as" a rompingly look of the romantic world of guys & gals." Blue's new single is also currently sitting at #12 on the prestigious HotDisc Top 40 Chart this week! Rustie is in good company, The biggest climbers, are from Rustie Blue and Kevin Montgomery, who both shuffle up three places.
There's no doubt that Rustie Blue's current album is a career highlight for the raunchy lady who
delivers no-nonsense music. The new single, "Cowgirls Do It Better", is one of the best songs on
the album and is clearly being enjoyed and promoted all over Europe by DJs who share that view.
I can't wait for the next album for sure - her career is certainly on the way up!
-Stuart Cameron, Radio Borders, Up Country magazine, Rush Released (formerly HotDisc):
Some singer/songwriters will put a song on a project that is a true reflection of themselves.
Rustie Blue's latest single "Cowgirls Do It Better" is that song for her. Even though it was
co-penned by Rustie, Mark Trail and John Foster, it is all about the Lancaster, Ohio native.
Soon the American Country scene will find out what the European Country scene already
knows. Rustie is a true-to-the-bone talent." -Dave "Hop" Johnson, Hopalot Productions
Rustie says, "I am so excited about finally releasing Cowgirls Do It Better! I had a blast writing with Mark Trail & John Foster. They are both such great talents, and have been so supportive; It was such a fun song to write, and loads of fun recording! It's really a wonderful feeling to release a song to radio that I had a part in writing! We first performed it live during the CMA Fest for the staff at Country Weekly. I remember we just finished writing the song and headed over to Country Weekly to sing it! It was AWESOME.
Fans and Cowgirls alike can hear "Cowgirls Do it Better" at www.rustieblue.com or www.myspace.com/rustieblue. Rustie's latest CD "Stronger Than Steel" is available via Rustie's website, which will be signed by Rustie if requested, ITunes, CDBABY, Amazon, several of Super D's partner companies and many other on-line digital retailers .
RADIO/PRESS: If you would like an mp3 of "Cowgirls Do It Better,", hi-res images, a review copy of "Stronger Than Steel" or to schedule an interview, please contact me at email@example.com "Cowgirls Do It Better" is available for download by country radio at http://www.marktrailmusic.com/mtmdownload.html and directly from the HotDisc website at www.hotdisc.net. Disc jockeys are asked to apply by submitting their station details, after which they will be provided with a password to the download page for that month. Rustie's music is also available at AirplayDirect.com and RadioSubmit.com
Rustie Blue Has Landed Another #1 by www.rustieblue.com One Hot Summer Ago" is one of the most beautiful ballads of the last years. A song to love and cry that works deep inside your heart, thanks to the wonderful and technically perfect voice of Rustie Blue. She is one of the most exciting female vocalists in today's country music scene," Rafel Corbi, Radio RPEM-FM
Nashville, TN (February 5, 2009)- Center Stage Productions recording artist Rustie Blue continues to gain International popularity with her unique style of country music. Blue has reached the top of the European Country Music Chart once again with her sultry ballad, "One Hot Summer Ago." This is Rustie's third #1 on the European CMA Chart. "One Hot Summer Ago" was the lead single from Blue's latest album, "Stronger Than Steel" One Hot Summer Ago" is a song that looks back to that first love when it was innocent and perfect, written by Gilles Godard and Willie Mack. Rustie is also climbing the Country HOTDISC Chart with her third single, "Shape Up Heart, " (Larry Wayne Clark, Sherry Garland) which is sitting at #4; It has been released via January's, Country HotDisc Compilation, and is on it's way to U.S. Radio via February's M-T-M. Compilation, Nashville.
I believe in Rustie and her music and she deserves the best"., Promoter & Radio Personality, Nikos Garavelas, CMA award winning "Best International Broadcaster from Greece.
Her vocal is stronger and more forceful, and her delivery excellent. The songs suit her raunchy style and with great guitars fiddles and steel its like listening to a female who is more like Gretchen than Dolly.," Gerry Ford, Country Music & Dance, Scotland.
Rustie- An Award-Winning Recording Artist, and a full-time Entertainer, has come a long way since her first album ,"That Oughta Do It." Blue has graced the pages of many high profile publications such as Country Weekly, Music Row Magazine. Music City News, Country Stars Online, Up Country Magazine, and has had 4 hits singles, Shape Up Heart, One Hot Summer Ago, Chip Chip, (duet with Bill Anderson), and Jones On The Jukebox (Becky Hobbs). She has performed at the Ryman, CMA Festival in Nashville, WSM Midnite Jamboree, won an award with Bill Anderson by the European Country Music Association for "Vocal Collaboration Of The Year", has been nominated for "Female Artist Of The Year" by Music Box France along side of Reba, Shania, Gretchen Wilson, Alison Kraus, Martina McBride, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has enjoyed tours in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and is looking forward to her return! Rustie is currently in the tour planning stage and planning her first music video. Fans from around the world will also have a chance to meet Rustie in June at the CMA Fest 2009.
Fans can also hear both "One Hot Summer Ago" and "Shape Up Heart" at www.rustieblue.com or www.myspace.com/rustieblue. Rustie's latest CD "Stronger Than Steel" is available via Rustie's website, which will be signed by Rustie if requested, ITunes, CDBABY, Amazon, several of Super D's partner companies and many other on-line digital retailers .
RADIO/PRESS: If you would like an mp3 of "One Hot Summer Ago" and/or "Shape Up Heart, hi-res images, a review copy of "Stronger Than Steel" or to schedule an interview, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Rustie's music is also available at AirplayDirect.com and RadioSubmit.com
Rustie Blue Nominated for Top European Award! by www.rustieblue.com Nashville, TN (July 7th 2009) It has just been announced that Rustie Blue has been NOMINATED in the prestigious 2008/2009 ECMA (European Country Music)Annual Awards in the category of "Female Artist Of The Year." ECMA members and reporters can vote for 2008/2009 ECMA Annual Awards starting this week. Blue previously won an ECMA Award for "Vocal Collaboration Of The Year" with Bill Anderson in 2005 for their smash European hit "Chip Chip.
ECMA Chairman Rafel Corbi had this to say about "One Hot Summer Ago," lead single from Blue's new album, "Stronger Than Steel" and #1 European hit in February 09, "One Hot Summer Ago" is one of the most beautiful ballads of the last years. A song to love and cry that works deep inside your heart, thanks to the wonderful and technically perfect voice of Rustie Blue. She is one of the most exciting female vocalists in today's country music scene.
The whole album has to be one of the best Indie productions of the year
— Stuart Cameron
Radio Borders, Up Country magazine, Rush Released (formerly HotDis
I'm so honored and Thankful," says Blue to be nominated alongside of such great artist as Taylor Swift, Pam Tillis and Danni Leigh, how cool is that! My new album has been very well received-and I would like to thank the DJ's for playing my music and to my fans for all of their support as well! I'm really looking forward to my next tour overseas.
Look for Rustie in the NEW issue, August 2009, of "Maverick Country Magazine," www.maverick-country.com. August issue on sale starting July 16th.
For more information on the ECMA Awards and to cast your vote go to: http://www.europeancma.com/New_Awards.htm
For booking, hi-res images, a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Learn more about Rustie by visiting her official website at www.rustieblue.com and myspace at www.myspace.com/rustieblue
Center Stage Productions
Robert D. Keister
Rustie Blue Reviewed by Maverick Magazine! by Maverick Magazine Stronger Than Steel" REVIEW
August 2009 Issue
Stronger Than Steel
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Destined for placement on people’s Top 10 albums due to the feisty yet tender vocals and simply played but infectiously catchy instrumentals.
Having been recognised across Europe by one of her songs, a duet with "Whispering" Bill Anderson called Chip, Chip, standing at the top of the European Country Music Association for a mere seven weeks, this third release by this feisty and talented artist is brimming to the top with promise. An artist who won’t let Nashville shoot her down and instead is pursuing the dream of being a country music star by not restricting herself to the USA audience and instead travelling around the world in search of fame and recognition. Based on this album, that mentioned success is a guarantee.
With a powerful voice to test even the likes of Linda Ronstadt, her booming spirit of never giving up and just going for it is certainly evident on Cowgirls Do It Better. Similar to Kendal Carson’s I Like Trucks, I guess we all owe Bob Harris a huge thanks for her being introduced to the UK, in terms of its spirit and damn right outrageous lyrics, the vocals of Rustie certainly do not let up and never give an inch. Just listening to Rustie in full swing leaves me exhilarated. Goodness knows what it must be like for the one singing this! With its frequent key changes handled handsomely well, the radio-friendly It Feels Good certainly has not just a country sound to it but a high-quality pop aspect to it. These tracks are ones, which not only radio bosses pee in their pants over, but those who appreciate a top-notch tune. The opening and one of the best of the thirteen on the album, Fall In The First Place, has the advantage of including some old timey sounds with a modern twist. When Rustie sings her heart out you really can believe it, no matter what the lyrics are. If she sung My Old Man’s a Dustman I’m sure I would believe that to be the case. Although it was released on her second album the duet with Bill Anderson on Chip, Chip is one which is certainly amusing. Showing that there is still potential appeal for Bill by recording with promising artists, their voices counteract so well that it actually won the "Vocal Collaboration of the Year" award at the 2005 European CMA Awards; a triumph certainly worth a nod or two of the Stetson.
After listening to this album, you do begin to wonder why the heck this has not been played by Bob Harris? With Nick Barraclough’s show sadly no more, it is down to people like Bob to do something about this total lack of knowledge. A peach of an album it has to be said. RH
August issue on sale now at the following locations.
You can order your copy by ordering directly from Maverick Magazine's website at www.maverick-country.com Barnes and Noble in the U.S. as well as HMV, WH Smiths, Tescos and independent newsagents, the magazine is also available in digital format from www.exacteditions.com
Robert D. Keister, CEO
Center Stage Productions