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Rusty Wier

Texas singer/songwriter Rusty Wier found a gold mine when he wrote "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance." More than half a dozen different singers recorded the song, including Chris Le Doux, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Barbara Mandrell. But it was Bonnie Raitt singing it on the soundtrack for Urban Cowboy that put it on the map in a big way when sales were certified as double platinum. Years earlier, his first taste of entertaining wasn't nearly as lucrative, but it did make a lasting impression.

Wier found out that he liked to bring smiles to an audience when he was just three years old and galloping on a toy stick horse among the tables of his father's Austin restaurant, accompanied by "the William Tell Overture." He hasn't stopped since, although the venues and the pay scale have changed a bit over the years. A decade after that first experience, Wier began playing drums with an outfit called the Centennials. He moved on to local rock groups Lavender Hill Express and Wig, playing with them for about a decade. When Lavender Hill Express derailed, Wier picked up a guitar and learned how to play the instrument without any formal music instruction. The self-taught guitarist, having learned how to play from nothing but an instruction book, went on to perform with numerous artists, among them the Marshall Tucker Band, Gatemouth Brown, the Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Steve Fromholtz, Asleep at the Wheel, the Amazing Rhythm Aces, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils. At one point, his opening act was an up-and-coming country singer named George Strait. Wier, with artists such as Michael Martin Murphey and Walker, was present at the start of the movement that became known as "the Austin Sound." ABC Records was the first company to record Wier. He later inked deals with Columbia Records and 20th Century. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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at 17 I got my first taste of rusty cruisin around in my dads pick up all my friends loaded listening to to rustys don't make you want to dance good ol days god bless you rusty
jonesricky19 5 7
God Bless You Rusty
jonesricky19 5 7
Rusty played in Corpus Christi Omni Hotel for my 50th birthday party. When i met him an hour before he started playing, well i couldnt believe i was talking with him, shaking hands, and talking about the old days when he would play at Inzas Bar, Cc, Tx. He was very young then. What a sweet sweet man he was. A real southern gentleman. He had an amazing gift and talent. He told me of his health situation , that he was going to have some of his colon removed. He just cuckled and said he was gona ne
My daughter was 2 when we listened to Rusty every Monday night at Captains Club on Lake Travis. She is now 25 and Rusty is gone but his music lives forever. You were the best, Rusty. Rock on! Stevie Ray
Love ur music it puts me in a zone
Loved this on Black Hat Saloon! Greatest Album ever!!!!!
Thank God For Angels...
Black hat saloon truly julie all time greats
mudbug loves that sound since rusty began.music was real.that kind of can only come from life lessons. god bless rusty.RIP
Rusty was my friend. He always knew how to comfort me and make me feel special. I miss you Rusty. God Bless you. Debbie K.
jesserandall 3
I was fortunate enough to be able to call Rusty a friend.
makes my day soooooo much better
isettj
Rusty started my super huge love of progressive country that He, Michael Murphy, Willis Allen Ramsey, Jerry Jeff walker, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and B.W. Stevenson... all were great but you always embodied everything that was good about the sounds of or days in the 70's and 80's. Miss you always.. RIP
vulcan152000 2 0 0 1
I saw him at Cotton Eyed Joes in Nacogdoches in 83 or 84. He sat down and had a beer with me and my wife. It was a great show. Also, saw him with Willie in 74. One of my favorites for sure. I could never figure out where "Frontage Road" led to either. Every time I see the sign, I think of Rusty.
lr_buxton
i met you in'76 & fell in love w/your sound.nev e r missed you when yall were @Jay's in Cankton,LA.e v e n had a charming breakfast w/you at Sambo's in B.R...my girls grew up listening to your songs.Your music and memory lives on. R.I.P.
cjohnson602
Rusty, RIP, tell mama hello, my son hello and your parents hi too. Cuz, sorry about all the hassel growing up, but that's what family's about. Love ya man and all your music.
lieberg
I fell in love with his music in the 70's - as good today as it was back then RIP Rusty
God bless Rusty he is battling liver cancer pray for Rusty! you can contribute to a fund for his medical bills at rustyweir.co m he had no insurance.
txhomesales
I want more Rusty on Pandora. Millions love, love, love Rusty.
love u Rusty!
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