WYEP Studio Session: Rusted Root
Pittsburgh natives Rusted Root stopped into the WYEP Studios on December 20, 2012 to promote their new album and their CD release party at Mr. Smalls Theater on December 27. They performed seven songs spanning their 20-year career, including their hit “Send Me On My Way” and tunes from their newly released album The Movement.
“Fortunate Freaks,” the first song on their set list, also served as the title of the band’s fan-funding campaign to raise money for the new album. As rewards for contributions, the band brought fans into the studio while they were recording and witness a day’s worth of writing lyrics and creating songs, with some even contributing handclaps to songs.
WYEP’s Mike Sauter asked the band about their varying relationships with record labels and methods of distribution throughout their career. According to the band, “’Send Me On My Way’ was a really big thing, and we had a lot of support in that period. But when your first album goes double platinum and your second album only goes gold, it’s considered a failure by the industry. Ever since then, it was downhill with the labels, until we were able to break off from the labels on friendly terms and go independent for quite some time. We made a good run of it, but I think distribution is the downfall of being independent and this time we really felt it would be beneficial to hook up with Shanachie Records.”
The Movement also marked the first time the band did not use an outside producer for the album, “so Michael [Glabicki] was really able to hone his vision and communicate really clearly with the band about what he was thinking.” As a result, according to Glabicki, “The record smells more like us.”
4.Cover Me Up
6.Send Me on My Way
Rusted Root in the WYEP Studios on December 20, 2012.