Recently our former coworker, David Wong, posted a video of a live performance he saw of Rushad Eggleston and it reminded me of how excited I was the first time I saw Rushad perform in California in 2007. He is someone I think every string player should be aware of because of his unique style.
I had absolutely no idea what I was in for the first time I saw Rushad play and it was an experience I’ll never forget. At the time, I was living in Santa Cruz, California and my boyfriend had dragged me up into the mountains to see the band Crooked Still perform - the band Rushad was playing with at that time. I had never heard of Crooked Still, or Rushad Eggleston, but I fell in love with them instantly. They played a sort of alternative bluegrass/folksy type of music and they blew me away with their energy and their talent as an ensemble. It was immediately apparent, however, that Rushad was on a whole other level, as a musician and as a truly eccentric human being. What I learned with Rushad is that when you watch him perform, you just have to just go with it and let him transport you into his world.