My wife and I booked RSE to play our co-50th Birthday party. What a great decision! Allison and the band were extremely professional and collaborative and immediately understood our objectives for the event. We were seeking music occupying that elusive sweet spot between background music and full blown wedding/party band and RSE delivered. The musicianship was first rate with the band playing songs ranging from traditional Irish tunes and Van Morrison to Herbie Hancock and The Violent Femmes. Our guests, including musician friends, thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment but were still able to connect with friends and converse throughout the evening.
Aaron Balano on dobro, Alison Bailey Streich on violin, Greg Dunn on bass and Joe Ridout on guitar. These four magnetic musicians run the gamut with their playing, and all four are masterful wielders of their instruments. Their music ranges from sensitive and soulful interpretations, to wild and unexpected music you've never heard before.
Their repertoire is very original, with each member contributing unique compositions. Interspersed throughout their set are exciting versions of tunes the listener has heard before. They tip their collective hat to Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, The Meters, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Van Morrison, The Cramps....and, of course, a handful of ragtime, Irish, old time, bluegrass and American tunes. There's something for everyone!
Equally at home on stage in a concert venue, or at a party in a client's backyard, The Rusty String Express provides the perfect music for any setting. And these four pro players are able to rise and rock at the break of dawn, or play late into the wee hours. Or both! Any place that needs music....The Rusty String Express is ready to go!