“A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia.” -Rolling Stone
“Rustic’s firepower-a skintight rhythm section, soulful keyboards, stinging guitars, funky horns and the potent, complex, and totally engrossing voice of frontman Dave Gutter” – Billboard Magazine
Rustic Overtones’ early works “Long Division” ,”My Dirt (ep)” and “Rooms By The Hour”, were released independently through Portland based Ripchord Records. In 1999 they were discovered by Kurt St. Thomas at Arista Records. A few years earlier Kurt had been program director at Boston’s WFNX, and was the first to world premiere Nirvana’s “Nevermind” on radio.
With the the changing of label president (Clive Davis) Arista soon became an unsuitable home for Rustic. St. Thomas and Rustic both moved to Tommy Boy and released the album “Viva Nueva”. The years to follow showed a music industry paradigm shift and Rustic soon returned to their roots with the aptly titled albums “Light At The End”, “A New Way Out” and “Let’s Start a Cult, pts1 and 2”. In 2014 they celebrated their 20 years as a band with the release of the 4-CD box set “The Mood Box”, an anthology of greatest hits, live tracks and rarities arranged by genre.
The current touring line-up is Dave Gutter (vocals and guitar), Jon Roods (bass), Dave Noyes (trombone, synth), Jason Ward (baritone sax, flute), Gary Gemmiti (drums), Michael Taylor (keys,percussion,vocals) and Kyle Hardy (tenor and alto sax). The band is best known for their energetic live shows and perceptual songwriting.
The Rustic Overtones have collaborated and recorded with David Bowie, Imogen Heap, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, Funkmaster Flex and Naughty by Nature, as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, arrangers, and composers and have toured nationally as direct support for De La Soul, Steel Pulse, and Run DMC among others.
Lyricist and frontman Dave Gutter is also a prolific songwriter, having penned songs for Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, Res, Gramatik, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton.