Rusty Sterling & Friends
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Rusty Sterling & Friends

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The best kept secret in music


"Genentech Letter of Recommendation"

Dear Rusty,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful music you played for us at our 8th Annual Bikes & Blues Ho-Ho on September 10, 2004. As you know, this is one of Genentech's most popular events and draws about 700+ people each year.

So many people commented on how great the music was this year and how much they enjoyed all your songs. I particularly appreciate how you played music relating to our Bikes & Blues theme, and involved the audience in the fun. You went beyond "the call of duty" and it showed!

Again, thank you for enhancing our party. We look forward to having you be part of the Bikes & Blues tradition again next year.


Linda Perry
Genentech, Inc. - Genentech


"Art for Ears" (1991)
Live recording of SmokeN'. Rusty Sterling performed on guitar, harmonica and vocals.

"Avenue To Ecstasy" (1994)
Studio produced album of SmokeN'. Rusty Sterling co-produced and engineered. Performed on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Also wrote "Deadhead Cafe" and "I Get What I Want."

"What You Hear Is What You Get" (2002)
Live recording of Souls of Blue. Rusty Sterling produced and engineered. Also performed on bass and vocals.


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Rusty Sterling & Friends plays good old American roadhouse rock and blues, with a bit of rhythm & blues thrown into the mix. The band's music has an infectious dance groove that gets you shakin' your booty. With the drive of bass, drum and guitars backing the gritty vocals, this band's energy is in-your-face without being loud or obnoxious. From South San Jose to San Francisco, Rusty Sterling & Friends have developed a loyal following that consistently packs the venues they play. Rusty Sterling created the vision of Rusty Sterling & Friends after years of playing as a sideman or featured performer with other bands. Rusty got his start in bands on the East Coast more than 20 years ago. He toured in the '80s and early '90s with East Coast blues bands and was considered one of the best harp players in the Washington, D.C., blues scene. Rusty brought with him to the West Coast a repertoire that is familiar to many listeners but also has a distinct East Coast influence. Audiences hear tunes that are endearing and familiar to them but not generally played by other West Coast bands. Over the last few years he’s become steeped in the West Coast scene, having played in such San Francisco area bands as Borrowed Time, Souls of Blue, The Mike Roche Band, The High Rollers, The Stan Erhart Trio, The Juicers, LD & the Blues Crew, and The Bart Shea Band. Rusty has also been a special guest with Big Bones & Bonafide, Marshall Law, Big Mamu, Muddy’s Sons, Mojo Madness, Kenny "Blue" Ray, and The Jukes. Some of Rusty's influences include: Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Michael Bloomfield, T-Bone Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, all the Kings (BB, Albert, Freddie), and too many others that deserve to be on this list.