My name is Matt Rushton, I’ve been playing live music for 29 years now. I got in my first live Rock Band when I was 14 years old. It was like a revelation, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’m not a label executive or an industry insider. I’m a working musician and I know how to fight it out in the trenches. I can tell you how to put a band together, get a show ready, market and play gigs. Now, I’m ready to share my experience with the world. A lot of wild stuff has happened to me and I hope reading about it will help some of you.
I’ve been actively playing in clubs since I was 18 years old and I’ve concentrated on giving the best Rock-N-Roll show possible. A lot of the stuff on Live Musician Central is geared to Rock musicians but it easily translates to other styles as well.
I’m currently in two bands. “Shufflin’ Noah” is my all original band that has been together for about 16 years. “Bonne Nuit” is my cover band that I have put together with my three oldest sons. I never thought I would be playing music with my kids but I’ve had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a band playing music with them.
I’ve had the opportunity through my career to play some very big shows. Some of the artists I’ve opened for are: Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, Little River Band, Quiet Riot and Joan Jett.
You can hear some of my solo original music on my Myspace Page.
On Live Musician Central I also discuss various pieces of musical equipment. The equipment I select to write about on Live Musician Central are pieces that I have used extensively in my live band or in my home studio. I am intimately familiar with almost every piece of equipment that I discuss here. The equipment that I discuss can be used with confidence that they will stand up to their intended uses. If I use something that I don’t like, you can count on me telling you what I don’t like about it. I post links to buy the equipment I discuss based on seller reputation and value for the dollar. I’m just like any other working musician and I like to save money any way I can. So if I find a good deal or a good sale, I’ll write a post about it.
My current guitar main stage guitar is the 2010 Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster with the wine transparent finish. You can check it out below and pick one up for yourself!