"South Australian band The Rustlers have had a great year, with lots of new exposure around the country and some pretty handy accolades coming their way.
When I first heard this band, I was blown away. They're a cross between your favourite country rock band and ... The Beatles! Yep. They've got that groove, but
with a real country feel. And their songs are original and refreshing. For the second year now they opened the showcase concert at Adelaide's Clipsal 500, this year supporting Lee Kernaghan, and in August they had a muddy baptism at the Toyota National Country Music Muster in Gympie, winning lots of new friends and fans in the Amamoor State Forest .
They have taken on the management services of Adelaide-based event organiser Pauline Renner, which allows band members to get on with the business of writing, performing and recording - doing what they do best. They no longer get caught up in the administrative side of things but have ample time now to write great songs to add to the band's playlist. Their second album, Sad Dark Lies, was released late in 2006 and they already have sufficient original material to lay down their third album later this year.
In the January edition of Capital News, Deb Minter reviewed The Rustlers' album saying: "The Rustlers play country rock with a lot of excitement. The vocals are snappy and just dry enough to make you want to shout the boys a beer. Fine harmonies and some lively electric guitar make every song a party. It's simple, it's rocky and it's good-time." The title track was released to radio in May this year and was picked up by radio stations around the country.
The Rustlers have been signed to Hardrush Music Corporation. This is an Australian business, based in Canberra distributing internationally. Hardrush managing director Kelvin Fahey believes that 'Tears for Elvis', written by Gary Burrows while at Graceland, could be the song to break them into the US market.
They maintained a busy schedule during the Royal Adelaide Show, where they performed each day entertaining the crowds.
You may recall hearing The Rustlers about Tamworth in July, as they showed their diversity by winning the judges' choice in the Country Art 4 Cancer exhibition at Tamworth Regional Gallery, with a fabulous painting created especially for the occasion. Like most other paintings in the exhibition, it is put up for auction. I believe the painting was purchased by Prime Television news reporter Matt Adams.
Not sure if The Rustlers will be in Tamworth in January '08 for the festival. I had hoped some smart venue operator might pick them up and throw a few gigs their way, but I've yet to have this confirmed. Being from South Australia, it's not as if they can drop in and check out the place for a day or so, then head home again. It's a shame, as I believe they would have drawn big crowds in with their infectious style.
If you want a preview, check out their songs and sounds (including Tears for Elvis) on their website at www.therustlers.com.au. You'll also find an up-to-date listing of their upcoming gigs.
This was an article written by Anna Rose which appeared in the NORTHERN DAILY LEADER, TAMWORTH on Saturday 20th October 2007. Thanks Anna Rose for allowing us to reproduce this article & for your continuous encouragement of original Country Music
Just a small piece to tell you that we had a great time at the 2007 Toyota Muster in Gympie despite the wind, rain and floods.
We played at the Muster Club on the Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon to warm and receptive crowds and then again at the Muster Tavern on the Thursday night. We ran into a few people that we knew but also made lots of new friends of the many country music lovers and band members from all over Australia. The weather, as bad as it was, did not put a damper on the event and in fact it brought everyone together to make the best of the time we had at the Festival. Other South Australians that we spotted were Jeanette Wormald and her family, and The Borderers.
To anyone who has not ventured to Gympie we can only say that it was an eye opener as far as the organisation is concerned. The number of under cover venues was enormous and the professional manner in the way it was run and the conduct and quality of entertainment was first class. Considering the area of the Festival and the number of venues that operate at any one time, the catering and accommodation was also of a high standard, especially considering the atrocious weather. Do yourself a favour and make the effort to get to the Muster next year - you won't be disappointed. We certainly hope we are going to be there again. We did have to float the Tarago across a swollen river to get out of the forest - much to the local police officers' consternation and disbelief but - there was a flight to catch and crossing that river was an adventure in itself.
Is that a cue for a song? Click here to see The Rustlers on the cover of the SACCM Prelude Magazine