Rusty Gear Interview by Nigel Sharpe
for Country Music News International
Rusty Gear is an American singer-songwriter who leads a collaboration of great musicians to create and record original country, blues and southern rock music. His latest releases are Out and Runnin Round, a collection of country rock originals produced by Tony Sarno and featuring session players from the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and What We Believe, a collection of Americana originals produced by Brad Hill. Rusty’s first album, Happy Ending, was released in 2018, followed by Second Gear, released in 2019, and High Gear in 2020. Rusty’s Wondering Why and Won’t Forget (Remix) both reached number one on Europe’s Hotdisc Top 40 country music chart and charted on Billboard’s Country Breakout Chart in the US. From High Gear, Sorry Excuses, featuring vocals by Bekka Bramlett, reached number two on the Roots Radio Chicago Blues Song Chart and High Maintenance reached number seven on the same chart. Also from High Gear, Tequila Won’t Solve Your Problems hit number one on the Hotdisc Top 40 in April. Happy Ending Remix also charted on the Hotdisc Top 40 in 2019. The country version of the classic Christmas carol, In the Bleak Midwinter, receives radio play on Music Row stations during the holidays. Rusty Gear original songs have been streamed over 900,000 times on Spotify, with a number of songs widely playlisted.