Rustic Overtones are a rock band from Portland Maine who's discography spans 20 years. The bands unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60's and 70's.
The band is fronted by songwriter Dave Gutter who been making a name for himself writing songs for Aaron Neville, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Eric Krasno.
Rustic's early works "Long Division" ,"My Dirt ep" and "Rooms by the Hour", were released independently through Portland based Ripchord Records. In 1999 they were discovered by Kurt St. Thomas at Arista Records. A few years earlier Kurt had been program director at Boston's WFNX, and was the first to world premiere Nirvana's "Nevermind" on radio.
With the the changing of label president, (Clive Davis); Arista soon became an unsuitable home for Rustic. St. Thomas and Rustic both moved to Tommy Boy and released the album Viva Nueva.
The years to follow showed the music industry paradigm shift, and Rustic returned to grassroots with the aptly titled albums "Light at the End" "A New Way Out" and "Let's Start a Cult 1 and 2". In 2014 they celebrated their 20 years as a band with the release of the box set "The Mood Box"; an anthology of greatest hits, live tracks and rarities arranged by genre.