An Interview With Country Recording Artist And Songwriter Rustie Blue
Blue Releases 3rd CD, Chip Chip
Artist: Rustie Blue
Title: Chip Chip
Genre: Traditional Country
Label: Self Released
Rustie was born and raised in the Southeastern part of Ohio, U.S.A. She grew up surrounded by Country Music. Coming from a large family, Rustie you could say, has country in her blood! Rustie's grandmother was Lila Jane Travis. Being related to the Legendary Merle Travis may help explain some of Rustie's inherited talent. Her love for Country Music has led her to many great things. Rustie has opened shows for great artists, such as Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Daryle Singletary, Jeff Carson, Rhett Akins, and David Lee Murphy, and the list goes on.
Rustie enjoyed much success with her debut album, That Oughta Do It. The first single to be released from the album, “I'm Dropping Tears," climbed to #7 on the Worldwide Mainstream Chart (for most played artist), in August 2001. She has been featured in many publications such as Music Row Magazine, Country Weekly, New Music Weekly, Roots Country, Country Roads Magazine, "Southern Country" (the South's #1 British Country Music magazine). "Country Music Round-Up," Country Gazette (Holland's largest Country magazine), and has graced the cover of H.E.E.T. Magazine (Chicago) and Blazing Boots (UK). She has made numerous radio and TV appearances, such the famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree (Nashville), Fox 28 WTTE, Nashville Video Showcase, and a well known "Bingo Show" which is broadcast on TV Denmark 2, across the entire country and Greenland.
Rustie's second album was released in January of 2002, entitled, Enter At Your Own Risk It is a mix of Traditional Country with a bluesy sound! Her first single released from the album, "Who's She To You," hit the air waves shortly after the album was released, and spent 8 weeks in the E.M.S. European Chart, peaking at #17. Her second release, "On and On and On," went to #1 on the "Hot Country Singles Chart" in May of 2002. It stayed on the E.M.S. chart for seven weeks. Rustie recorded and released a duet with Grand Ole' Opry member Ernie Ashworth in 2002. Ernie is best known for his hit song "Talk Back Tremblin" Lips."
Rustie has traveled and performed in many parts of the world. In February 2002, her first European tour took her to such countries as Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and Holland. This was a great success. After seeing her perform, "Star Music International," a Norwegian booking agency, added her to their American Artist Roster. During February and March 2003, Rustie toured New Zealand; October 2003 she traveled to Australia. Rustie was one of only five American artist invited to perform at the 17th annual Telstra Mildura Festival - what an honor! Talks are underway for Rustie's return.
Just days before traveling to Australia, Rustie was in Sony Studios, Nashville. Rustie and Bill Anderson teamed up to record the International smash hit, "Chip Chip." This was a year in the making. "Chip Chip" the single was released worldwide in August and won the "Vocal Collaboration Of The Year" in the E.C.M.A. Music Choice Awards 2005! "Chip Chip, Rustie's third album, was released in mid-October, and it has been receiving rave reviews from the critics.
If all of this were not enough, Rustie Blue is well known for her high energy show and tribute to Dolly Parton in the "Center Stage Legends In Concert Show." Rustie has been described as dynamic on stage as Dolly, which spills over from her bubbly personality as herself.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi Rustie. It's a pleasure to chat with you. So I hear your album Chip Chip has been doing well.
Rustie Blue Yes, thanks. I'm currently promoting "The Devil May Care," a song from my new album,Chip Chip. It has been released worldwide and is getting quite a bit of airplay. I hear it's been getting a lot of requests, too, by females. One of the popular lines in the song is "Hell have no fury like a woman's scorn."
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And are you performing and/or touring at all?
Rustie Blue I'm getting ready to head to the CMA Fest. I have a lot to keep me busy doing interviews, and a TV show called "Music City Explosion." I'm also performing at Douglas Corner and in addition, I'm doing a video shoot with Whisperin Bill Anderson. We recorded a duet together, which is the title track on my new album, and we won "Vocal Collaboration Of The Year" on Chip Chip by the European CMA. We're doing a thank you-type speech for them to show on their big screen; the Grand Ole Opry is video taping it - that's real exciting! I also perform a lot around Ohio and the surrounding areas with my band "The Stallions." We're making plans to tour Europe next year.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Where can people get information on performances and your CD, etc.?
Rustie Blue Folks can find me at www.rustieblue.com , sign up for my mailing list at
http://www.rustieblue.com/mailinglist.htm to keep up with all the latest news and where we're all going to be performing, and to keep informed about some new contests we have coming up soon.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Where can folks purchase your CD?
Rustie Blue My new album, Chip Chip, and my previous albums, That Ought Do It and Enter At Your Own Risk can all be found on my website through my CD store at CCNOW. You can also purchase it through CDBABY , Amazon.com, and many other places; they're all listed on my website. Also, my distributor is Curtis Wood - Distributing .
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who are some of your favorite artists and/or influences?
Rustie Blue My very favorite two artists of all time is for female: Patsy Cline and Male:
Elvis. I also love Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson of course, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, and on the pop side, Celion Dion and Cher. I actually have many favorites and influences. This is just my short list. Patsy Cline sang with such emotion and had such depth! Elvis had so much charisma; the stage just lit up when he walked out! I just loved the way he entertained!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you have any other special hobbies aside from music?
Rustie Blue Actually, I perform full-time. I love to workout, go to the gym and clear my
mind. I also enjoy bowling and quiet time at home, making things, crocheting.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] That sounds like fun. Did you write or cowrite any of the songs on your current CD?
Rustie Blue I have written many songs, but my new album, Chip Chip, is the first time I've
actually put one of my own songs on an album. It's called "Honky Tonkin' Diva." My band, "The Stallions," and I have performed that out a lot in the clubs; it always seems to get the dance floor full. As an artist, it's a great feeling to see folks enjoying a song that you wrote or hear one of your own songs being played on the radio for the first time.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What do you like to sing about?
Rustie Blue I like to sing about what feels good to me. If I can get into the song, then I'll always do my best work. If I don't feel the song, it comes across to the audience and in my recordings. It's definitely a song that I have to believe in. As far as singing happy songs verses sad songs, it depends, I think, on the mood I'm in at the time.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are two of your favorite songs on your CD and what inspired them?
Rustie Blue There again, sometimes my favorite songs change depending on my mood, but if I had to pick two, it would be of course "Chip Chip," the title track, and "Tomorrow Tonight." The duet “Chip Chip” came about approximately three years after Bill Anderson and I met. I was opening two shows for him at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival in Ohio, and then I went on to record two of his songs "On and On and On" and "I'm Not Going Til I'm Gone," on my previous album.
We had had some communication prior to recording the duet. I just thought it would be really great to do a duet with Bill. I asked him if he would be interested. Bill sent me "Chip Chip" and said if I would do the harmony on the song that he would do the duet. We went into the Sony Studio and recorded it; Bill made me feel right at home. "Chip Chip" is a fun song to perform! It's about how, when a relationship is brand new, and sometimes the man will open the car door, or help his lady on with her coat or vice versa, the women will dress up nice for her man, etc., and then sometimes as the relationship progresses, we kinda take those things for granted! Anyway, while I was in the studio, Rex Schnelle, the producer of "Chip Chip," and Bill were both talking about some new songs that Bill had just written, "When I Remember You" and "Tomorrow Tonight" which are both on my new album, and Bill sent them to me, and I fell in love with them! "Tomorrow Tonight" is a very strong ballad about a relationship and just being in the moment with each other. It's a beautiful song.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What is the best advice someone gave you that you remember?
Rustie Blue Not to take yourself too serious. Have fun at what your doing and enjoy the ride!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Anything else you wanted to add that we didn't cover?
Rustie Blue Yes, I'd like to ask folks to request my current single, "The Devil May Care," at their favorite radio station! I also would like to thank all of my fans out there for all of their support; I couldn't do it without you all!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are some of your upcoming projects and/or future plans?
Rustie Blue I'll be releasing "Tomorrow Tonight" in July with Stuart Cameron overseas and Mark Trail in Nashville, so I'm real excited about that! As I mentioned earlier, we're working a tour overseas, possibly Ireland and the UK. I'm also working with Bluesprings Music Group and Nashville Legend Producer, John Denny, on an upcoming project. I'm also writing a lot. I'm keeping real busy.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Well, we wish you the best of luck with your new single and upcoming tour and everything.
Rustie Blue Thanks, Cindy.
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