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Viva Phx Q & A: Rusty Maples

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What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Nevada rockers Rusty Maples will be sharing their “indie americana folk pop” and “good lovin’ rock ‘n’ roll” with Viva Phx attendees (who are 21+) at Last Exit Live at 8 P.M. on March 7.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with lead vocalist Blair Dewane…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Blues Traveler at the Irvine Spectrum. I vividly remember John Popper taking a sword out and popping a beach ball that was thrown on stage.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Elliott Smith…or Townes Van Zandt. Either way, I love depressing singer-songwriters.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
It was a girl’s 13th-birthday party. We did a bunch of covers. We did “When I Come Around” by Green Day and I forgot a few lines and made up some nonsense.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Cee-Lo Green.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I have Agoraphobia, but it can be cured after two beers.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Two words…dog park!

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Any Pink Floyd album, especially Animals.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
I remember listening to tapes with my dad in the garage. Guns ‘N Roses was my favorite thing in the world when I was four years old.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
After a show a year ago, a fan came up to me while I was selling merch and he told me, “listening to your music has saved me.” He went through a bad break up/custody battle and was feeling suicidal. I was kinda taken aback by that statement, yet very humbled to know it had such an effect.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
Our newest single “Long Walk Home” (due to be released early March) was recorded/produced by Minus the Bear keyboardist Alex Rose.

Xperience you will never forget.
As corny as it sounds, I’ll never forget watching the sunset while camping on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

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