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Vancouver Roots Band Rusty Creek Release New Single 'Hello Old Friend' In Memory Of A Past Buddy

By Eric Alper.

Rusty Creek’s latest single “Hello Old Friend” is an unforgettable dedication to an old friend who influenced the band as a percussionist and songwriter. The roots four-piece combined their original style of country blues, western swing, and Cajun with some traditional South African instruments to commemorate their friend who grew up in Cape Town.

“He was my great friend who I miss so much,” says Rusty Creek lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Deeth. “When we recorded this song, we used different instruments on it some from South Africa and we captured the kind of rhythm that we knew Erich would have played. We think he would dig the Groove.”

This isn’t a sad ballad, but more of a celebration of life. The fusion of the South African instruments makes it a more upbeat song than it seems on the outside. And when it is mixed with the slide instruments and guitar Rusty Creek are known for it makes for an original piece of music their old friend would likely be proud of.

“Hello Old Friend” is the latest single from Rusty Creek’s album The Road of Life, released in June, 2022. With influences from all over the music world, the band’s most recent release is described as Roots Re-Mastered while the songs range from a stomping party to reflective storytelling.

Rusty Creek is a collection of lifelong musicians Alex Deeth, Peter Callaway, Lee Stephens, and Leonard Saidman who have all had a variety of success in the music industry since the 1960s. Their experience makes for a well-polished collection of roots music that you could hear at any pub from coast-to-coast.


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