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August 27, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Rusted Root always performs a 'fresh' show

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Tonawanda News — “For me it was Cat Stevens, the Beatles and Jim Croce that I listened to early on. They say you try to get back to your childhood when you are being creative, and that was on the stereo when I was 6 and listening to those albums for hours, it got me into the acoustic guitar. When I got older I started listening to the heavier rock stuff like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and I liked the big excitement on those albums.”

“Around the age of 17, when I decided to become a musician I was listening to Peter Gabriel’s “So,” a lot of U2 and Toni Childs. At the same time, I had these two cousins in Pittsburgh and they got me into world beat and a lot of African drumming. Another one of my cousins was in a popular reggae band.”

Throughout the band’s catalogue, one can hear the list of influences, some subtle and others more prominent.

The band’s current lineup features longtime members Patrick Norman on bass and Liz Berlin on too many instruments to name. They also feature one of the best drummers in the world, Preach Freedom, and two excellent supporting guitarists, Colter Harper and Dirk Miller.

At the front of the stage is Glabicki, who decided a long time ago that he wanted to be a full-time musician.

“When I wrote my first song in college I thought that I could really make it as a musician and I dropped out of college my second semester and rented a studio that was in a dilapidated building. I didn’t tell my parents I dropped out, but I knew that music was what I wanted to do for a living.”

Since then the fortunate freaks have been living in ecstasy.

Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at thomjennings@rochester.rr.com.

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