Tornado Rider
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Tornado Rider


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"On Rushad..."

“His cello is so vivid, whether swaggering merrily, like a drunken bear, or pumping dark, threatening drones...The importance of what Eggleston is doing can hardly be overstated. He is inventing a new way of hearing and playing cello.”
- The Boston Globe

"The Music"

“Eggleston's compositions are complexly harmonic Lewis Carroll fantasias influenced by hip-hop and jazz, the logical conclusion of brilliantly talented fingertips and a mind that eats music theory for breakfast.” - Northeast Performer Magazine

"rock cello"

“...Eggleston does things with a cello that one could argue were never intended by man or nature, displaying a decidedly rock sensibility onstage.” - Strings Magazine

"from a great promoter..."

"In a time where so much music is mass-produced and mass-marketed it's refreshing to come across something so original and exciting....A band so talented and original, that they needed their own genre. The world needs more Snee." - Matt Smith, director of Club Passim in Cambridge, MA

"what vegetables think"

"[Eggleston's] Suessian propensity for nonsense-fun (he uses words like "snork," "bargonated," and "zorblegrass"), combined with an urge to improvise, results in an otherworldly pastiche that's part children's music, part off-the-wall
folk, and part carnival calliope." - The Onion, Madison, WI


Still working on that hot first release.



Tornado Rider is a one-of-a-kind mystical experience driven by the mammoth power of an electric cello. They sing powerful anthems about falcons, whirlwinds, and mini-love, which will haunt your brain for weeks. Their delivery of this groundbreaking new style of music is filled with so much energy, it forces you to do a lightning dance! They are fronted by the most animated and original cellist known to man, who yells triumphant melodies as he leaps around the stage dazzling the crowd with his virtuosity. If you ever have the chance to witness Tornado Rider’s magically costumed theatrical parade of showmanship, musicality, athleticism, and humor, you will be transported to another dimension, and you WILL be entertained!!!

Frontman Rushad Eggleston (“the Cello Panther”) was nominated for a grammy, attended Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, invented bluegrass cello, started a worldwide folk cello revolution, cast sound-tornadoes all over the world, and is half goblin.

Rushad is the first and only person in the world, maybe the Universe, to so daringly do what he does with the cello: Not only has he transformed it into a super-heavy interplanetary blues-rocket of nairobi capable of expressing any emotion, but he straps it on, plays it through a Marshall stack, and wears a headset mic so he can jump off stages, do baseball slides on dance floors, and personally seduce the pretty ladies all while flying across the fingerboard!

Ambassador of Sneth, his mission is to shower the earth with melodies and spread the wild elfish GLEE of another dimension.

He is President of the Eternal Rabbit Society.

He's played all over the world.

AND, in fact, he has spontaneously invented- A New Style of Music.

Drummer Scott Manke (“Baron Skatorthius von Duduheimer III”) is a powerful American noise craftsman who whacks the drums with the fatal vengeance of a wind-weathered lightning captain, and is an expert in barnyard noises.

Electric bassist Graham Terry (“Grameecious the Black”) is a sneaky young man who infects the masses with his danceable impish bass lines while a mysteriously freaky energy exudes from his being.