If you haven't heard of the Rustic Overtones, now is the time to check them out. Seriously, you don't need to read the rest of this blog, look them up on iTunes, check out their website www.therusticovertones.com, look them up on youTube, it really doesn't matter to me as long as you check them out.
This blog is being born from the fact that I saw them Saturday night at WHSN's AS4MS acoustic showcase to benefit multiple sclerosis. Nothing hardly ever occurs in Bangor, Maine so when something does you will certainly find me there to partake in the fun. I can start off by saying that Dave Gutter (lead singer/guitarist) is very unconventional and threw the “rules” out the window and did not play an acoustic set. In my opinion that didn't matter because The Rustic Overtones are far better electric. While the energy of the crowd was lacking in the beginning, after much prompting from Dave, “I don't know what to say to people sitting down,” the party finally got started and it ended up being a great show. You tend to see these guys playing the large bar scene or ski mountains and such but this was a nice change especially since 100% of the proceeds went to the Maine Chapter of the National MS Society.
If you still haven't committed to checking them out even though you should have already, I'll give you a bit of a mini bio and some info about their tunes. The band consists of six members all hailing from Portland, Maine. Dave Gutter on lead vocals and guitar, Jon Roods on base, Tony McNaboe on drums, Dave Noyes on trombone, Jason Ward on baritone saxophone and flute, and last but not least Ryan Zoidis on alto saxophone. Their music tends to be a mixture of rock/jazz/funk and were the first band to perform live on XM Satellite Radio. They just released their newest album “The New Way Out”.
There you have it folks, check them out, listen and love it, then spread that love to all your friends.
~Written by JoAnna