Rusty Bladen

Rusty Bladen


QUOTES: "Mixing Tom Petty's hooks, John Mellencamp's kick and Jimmy Buffett's audience participation, Bladen's sound is gritty swaggering American party rock"... "He's fun, talented, and really works the room. Call the paramedics - he knocks the crowd dead."... "He never fails to deliver"...


"Rusty Bladen is a familiar one to anyone who has spent any amount of time in the live music establishments of Indianapolis. It's for good reason that he's one of the most popular live acts: Audiences love him." - NUVO Newsweekly

Genre: American Rock and Roll
Sounds like: If Tom Petty was from Indiana...
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Bladen powers the crowd at his shows with an atmosphere of party songs, sing-alongs and a whole lot of audience participation. A college favorite, Rusty has cultivated an extremely loyal Midwestern fan base for his band and his solo performances.

Rusty's solo show is a high energy, freewheeling tour-de-force of Bladen originals, songs from the radio, and some excellent hippie country-rock tunes. The band show is an exhibition of what five guys holding onto the same roots rock and roll rope can pull an audience into. The band shows are fun, rockin' and loud. The solo shows are fun, rockin' and almost as loud.

•Rusty’s song, “Ride That River” was recorded with John Mellencamp band members and appears in the MGM major motion picture “Madison” soundtrack.

• Headlined the Jasper Strassenfest, Swiss Wine Festival, Mount Adams Music Fest in Cincinnati, Ohio, Salem Speedway, WJAA Radio Bustock in Seymour, Muscatatuck Blues Festival, and Mellencamp Festival.

• An acoustic version of "Molly's Song", a song about missing person Molly Datillo (from Rusty''s hometown of Madison, Indiana) has been released as a web-only MP3 offering at and on Rusty's myspace page, and has been downloaded more than 5,000 times since 2008.

• He released his most recent CD, "Feels Like Christmas", in 2008. Produced by Dane Clark (Mellencamp drummer), who also plays on it. The album was mixed by the legendary Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams).

River Road Records

Rockforward Digital Media
Online Management

Rob Nichols


Are You Happy Now? CD
Live At The Hoosier Theater CD
Everything For Everybody CD
Rockin' Your House Party CD
Ride That River CD
One Live Night DVD
Feels Like Christmas CD
Homegrown Treasures CD

"Ride That River" featured in major motion picture - "Madison" - soundtrack.

Several tracks are receiving radio airplay.

Set List

Original Songs:
All From Her Mama
Another 25 Years
Are You Happy Now?
Blue Flannel Shirt
Cumberland Lake
Don't Blame It On Me
Don't Pee In The Alley
Down That Road Before
Folk Music
Grass Mowing Song
Homemade Country Wine
Just For A While
Karaoke King
Kingpin's Barbeque
Let Me Back In
Molly's Song
Not Gonna Be Me
O’Shea’s Irish Pub
Portable Love Song
Real Gone Gal
Red White & Blue
Ride That River
Runnin' Me Ragged
Seven Women
Share My Dream
Smoke Like A Train
The Choice
The Lucky One
The Moon Is Full Tonight
Too Late To Look Back
Too Much To Lose
Walk Alone
Wannabe Your Wannabe
Warm Cup Of Coffee

Cover Songs:
4th Of July - Shooter Jennings
A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Jr.
A Town This Size - John Prine
After Midnight - Eric Clapton
Against The Wind - Bob Seger
Ain't Even Done With The Night - JMC
Aint No Easy Way- Black Rebel M. Club
All Along The Watchtower - Bob Dylan
All For You - Sister Hazel
All I'm