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May 17, 2021

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The Rusty Datsuns are an old-timey flood folk band, playin’ songs to make your grandma proud.

The Rusty Datsuns formed way back in 2011 during the floods of Brisbane, while taking shelter in the living room of a high-set old Queenslander. While the water was getting high, they sang harmonies around the kitchen sink to keep their spirits even higher.

Featuring key members of vaudeville roots act Bessy-Lou (Sian Evans), punk/folk band These Dirty Bones (Fern Thompsett) and dancehall reggae outfit Chocolate Strings (Al Skinner), the Rusty Datsuns combine to make a sound unlike any of these, but like a well-worn pair of overalls, it just… fits.

By some strange chemistry, the sound that grew from this unlikely union is a glance over the shoulder to the wholesome tunes of yesteryear, an old-timey folk sound with a healthy bluegrass twinge.

Combining sweetly woven vocal harmonies over a backdrop of deftly fingerpicked guitar, ukulele and soaring fiddle, the Rusty Datsuns create the musical equivalent of freshly baked cookies from your grandma’s kitchen.

Warm, beautiful, easily digestible, goose-bump inspiring music. See for yourself why audiences keep returning to fill empty spaces and be moved.

You can get Rusty at the Sphinx Rock Cafe this Sunday.


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