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Rugby Road


Rugby Road is a seasoned indie-rock band that has been writing, recording and performing for 25 years. Members include Kenny Kearns - vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar; Rich Pruett - drums, percussion and vocals; and Derek Smith (“Smalls”) - guitars and vocals. The band has shared the stage with some of their heroes including The Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Maceo Parker, Bill Kreutzmann and Peter Frampton.


Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. I felt the need to put my own fingerprint on our sound, our influences are all over the map and I felt it was time to try to harness all of them into our original music. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? Opening for the Allman Brothers Band and Having members of Phish come to our show and sit in for a set What has been the high point of your music path? The release of Rugby Road III after 25 years of playing together (we had 2 full length prior releases - Times' Already Happened, and Different Degrees) but III was to show that we could still write and record great music. The reception on radio and web has been inspiring after all this time together So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?

Kenny Kearns writes the framework of the songs, the chorus first then the lyrics to support it. Rich Pruett (Drums) and Derek Smith (guitar) then take it in different directions to what becomes the final output. Lyrically Kenny writes phonetically at first then crafts it into a cohesive message.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? Fees for song streams are giving the big shops too much power over the indie musician. solving the online music business model so that its fair for everyone involved is extremely complicated but will need to improve the artists' take for content Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!​ Give it Away (from III) was a very different feel for us, its less of a groove, is in 6/4 time signature and was more of a (for lack of a better term) wilco-feel to the pace. This was a stretch for us and its our favorite piece from the new recording for that reason. We also struggled with cutting it down a bit, but in the end, decided that the guitar solo was just too good to chop down. This reflects our live approach and we wanted to showcase what we do live. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?​ Stevie Wonder, because he's Stevie Wonder What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? For this record (III), the songs were entirely written in the studio, in pieces. We had never played them live until the release party, nor had we even rehearsed them. Was fun and super challenging to play these and we've augmented the lineup a bit to perform these songs What's coming up in the future? Hopefully more recording. III is a 4 song EP that was recorded from a much bigger volume of song ideas. We'd like to go back and complete some of the other ideas that were left on the cutting room floor. Where can fans can access your music?

We are on itunes, spotify, amazon, google play and you can hear our songs on our website.

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