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Rusted Root Biography

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Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Years Active: 1990–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Bluegrass, Jam Band

Rusted Root is a world music group that hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is known for their unique sound, which blends acoustic rock with styles that draw from African, Latin and Native American, and Indian music.

The group formed in 1990 and released their debut album, “Cruel Sun” in 1992 on an independent label. The success of the album led to a major-label deal and the release of “When I Woke” in 1994. The album’s third track, “Send Me on My Way,” was the most commercially popular single released by the band. The song hit #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1995 and became a huge college radio hit.

Rusted Root's third studio album, “Remember” emerged in 1996 as the group's fan base began to swell. The band took to the road in an effort to expose their music to a wider audience, and over the next six years put out two more studio albums. A live double album appeared in 2004, followed-up by a greatest hits album a year later in 2005.

Over the next few years the band began to contribute tracks to various feature film's soundtracks and began to immerse themselves in soundtrack work. Rusted Root reemerged in 2009 with their first studio album in seven years, “Stereo Rodeo.” The band followed up with a tour to support the album.