The Rollie Tussing Trio
Country Blues, Classic Jazz & Dewey-Eyed Tunes of the 20's
Award winning finger-style guitarist Rollie Tussing performs country blues and classic jazz, dewey-eyed tunes of the 20s, as well as godforsaken songs of the nineteenth century. His original compositions are influenced by those same lonesome, haunted and abandoned melodies that we all forgot to remember.
"Rollie Tussing teaches people, through various outlets, to play guitar, he writes songs, tours, plays at a variety of locations and has played with some of the best left of centre musicians around. Whilst living in Portland, this winner of the National Slide Guitar 2001 competition toured and played with his trio that included Scott McDougall and 'The Don of Division Street.' Rollie writes and records his own original songs and instrumentals as well as picking out some classic and unknown oldies from the early days of recording, songs that cover everything from 'race music,' 'hillbilly' and vaudeville putting his own 'modern' interpretation on them but, importantly, never losing sight of where the songs come from, ensuring they are still recognizable. Whilst his guitar playing is at times quite extraordinary he also possesses vocal chords that have warmth and a clarity that lends itself to the songs, old and new, allowing the borders to blend to such a degree that the uninitiated would not know the old from the new." -American Roots U.K