[click "Play" to hear Susan's interview with Rusty Evans]
1997 was a banner year for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The star-spangled line-up featured Guy Clark, Patty Griffin, David Crosby, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Leftover Salmon, Shawn Colvin and, the headliner, the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. It was Fort Knox backstage when Cash’s caravan rolled in. It was New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July when the superstar hit the stage rocking.
Rusty Evans began making music in the 1960s, performing on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, touring with the New Christy Minstrels, working with renowned producer Phil Spector, and producing/recording for CBS, Reprise, and Folkway records before heading downtown to Greenwich Village, where he met and jammed with a then unknown Dylan.
In the late 1960′s, Rusty Evans wrote and produced the underground classic “I’m Five Years Ahead of My Time” for Third Bardo. This song found its way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Psychedelic Top 100 for their 30 year anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Evans is also a fine artist, whose work can be found in the permanent collections of museums around the world.
For more, click the “play” button and listen to Rusty talk shop.