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Rust Belt Music


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The best kept secret in music



Rust Belt Music is a band of unlimited potential. A meager budget and time constraints notwithstanding, Deborah is an excellent album. Not a single song is tacked on or filler, and their repertoire boasts enough solid songs for at least one other equivalent album. Rust Belt could be a little more playful. I fear the humor this band has to offer is veiled under the obligatory indie shoe-gazing glumness. Cast off the low-key shackles! Embrace rage, laughter, and groupies! Or not. Maybe Rust Belt Music is best as they are--mellow, dreamy, depressed, unsatisfied, hungry for something pure, something whole. Whatever the case may be, this band is no indie back-alley abortion. They mean business, and have the chops to deliver. - Art Crittick

"Shut Eye Records"

Deborah is a solid and honest composition that fans of rock, country, and folk would certainly enjoy. The opener, "Slummer/Thermostat" opens strongly with wavering vocals followed by "Lying Naked Awake", a more folk-driven and introspective track. The reflective "Beer Can on the Side of the Road" chimes back in with quiet accompaniment. "M Tagged J" flows in with wispy keys and dreamy guitar strumming. The disc closes with the quiet story-song, "Bedford Fell". Rust Belt Music has certainly assembled a genuine and sincere piece of work with this release. - Jay Pollard


In late 2001 RBM recorded a 4-song demo, "Glory in Excelsior", which they gave away at concerts.

RBM recorded their first full-length album, "Deborah", over the course of five months and had it finished just in time for their August tour. The album is available for sale at and From this recording RBM also produced a 3-song demo, "the Unplanned Third Child", which is also free at concerts.

The song "Bedford Fell" from Deborah will be featured on the Shut Eye Records compilation, This is Alt.Country, which will be released in January 2003 and will be distributed college radio stations around the country.

“Song about Planes” will be included on OasisCD’s alternative music CD sampler. OasisCD’s Samplers are sent to over 400 independent and College Stations around the country as well as Music Industry “insiders”.

RBM recorded the song “In Turn They Made You Miserable” for an APG Records compilation.


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Rust Belt Music is a San Francisco song-based rock band that started in November 2001. RBM has alt country roots that can be heard in the evocative storytelling lyrics and vocal harmonies, but their music has moved forward by adding synth keyboard textures to their sound and an upbeat, raucous edge to their arrangements.

In 2002, RBM played over 40 shows in and around San Francisco building a consistent fan base and packing such venues as The Hotel Utah, the Voodoo Lounge, Red Devil Lounge and the Tongue n’ Groove.
In August, RBM took their act on the road for a Midwest/East Coast tour including gigs in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

1999: John Lindenbaum, Chris Cortelyou, and Laurin Askew decide to move to California and form a band. John leaves Indiana in a very old Volvo.

September, 2001: Chris and Laurin drive to San Francisco from Ohio and Virginia. Scott Rubin joins on lead guitar.

October, 2001: Scott leaves the band and moves back to Boston.

November, 2001: Keyboardist Micah Weinberg makes the ill-fated decision to join the band. Hilarity ensues.

December, 2001: The guys kick John’s computer out of the band and move Chris to drums. They begin playing in a remote practice space in the God-forsaken SF Excelsior District. Rust Belt Music records the Glory in Excelsior Demo.

January, 2002: Rust Belt Music plays its first show on a Tuesday night at a Local Band Showcase.

May, 2002: Rust Belt Music plays its 12th show at the Hotel Utah Saloon.

June, 2002: With 20 shows under its belt, Rust Belt Music records its first album Deborah.

July-August, 2002: Jobless and penniless, Rust Belt Music tours America.

October, 2002: Bassist Laurin Askew moves to D.C., Friend Whit Steps in for two shows.

November, 2002: Rust Belt Music plays its 44th show, revealing its new harder, synth-flavored 3-man sound.

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