2014 marked the start of DeSoto Rust’s second decade bringing original Americana and roots rock music to the Delaware Valley and beyond. With four albums and countless shows in the rear view mirror, the band has crafted a unique high energy sound and has amassed a large catalogue of dynamic original material.
The band formed in late 2003, recorded its debut album over the following summer, and, without the benefit of a label or promotion engine, made its first showing on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart the following year.
Beyond its original material, DeSoto Rust also performs an extensive catalog of classic and contemporary country & western covers.
Some of the band’s accomplishments:
- Well-received appearances during both the 2013 and 2010 SXSW Music Festivals in Austin, TX, including a shared billing with guitar legend Bill Kirchen.
- Continuous airplay on broadcast and internet radio across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
- Inclusion on several DJ’s “best of” lists for 2005, 2006 and 2009
- Ten months on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart (as high as #11) in 2005 and 2006
- Five months on the Euro-Americana chart (as high as #12) in 2005 and 2006
- Nominations for song and CD of the year in 2005 by contributors to the FAR chart
- Songs featured on RaceHour, a syndicated radio program dedicated to NASCAR
- Shared stages with Bill Kirchen, David Allan Coe, Commander Cody, and Dickie Betts
Here’s what the critics have said about DeSoto Rust:
“[Highway Gothic is] a quantum leap ahead of where the roots rockers were at after two previous albums, and by all rights should signal their emergence into the top ranks of America’s rock ‘n’ roll bands.” – David McGee, The Bluegrass Special, January 2010
“With the unusually high quality of the material, confident identity and assured musicianship, DeSoto Rust now remind me more of Austin’s late, lamented The Highwaymen/Loose Diamonds than, as they did on their earlier albums, of The Band or CCR. – John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music, December 2009.
“It’s a rock solid collection of eleven originals and one well-placed cover that’s well produced, well played and well written.” – Reb Landers, The Alternate Root, November 2009.
“The band also have that seemingly effortless simpatico that comes from playing together forever.” – Jeremy Searle, Americana UK, November 28, 2009
“Everything your parents don’t want you to get into as a teenager – that’s what DeSoto Rust makes you feel. Everything you love about the night, about love and desire, sex and retribution. All those sides of us that the highway calls up.” – John Shelton Ivany, National News Bureau, JSI’s Top 21, November 2009
“The lost art of blue collar rock is alive and well here.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, October 28, 2009
“Great road trip music!” – Shayne Hollinger, Program Director, Mandatory FM, Stephenville, Texas, April 2009.
The mix tape may be a cultural relic lost on the iPod generation. But there’s one band in Bucks County that has not only embraced the tradition, but they’ve even modeled their music after it. Based in New Hope, the MIXXTAPE consciously creates music that resembles a good old fashioned compilation cassette. A typical show finds them effortlessly switching gears from genres as varied as rock to jazz and reggae to electronica. Their approach to creating music is a result of varying musical tastes of its members. Putting those differences together creates the MIXXTAPE’s singular sound. -Jack Firneno
“The Tim Nayfield Mix Tape had an impressive breadth of diversity, like their name implies. Songs ranged from Reggae (particularly Icarus), Punk, to Jazz. Some of their jams had very chill electronica vibes, and they even had some tribal elements in one of their songs. Far too often, when you’ve heard a band’s first song, you’ve essentially heard them all. I was very impressed by just how much diversity The Tim Nayfield Mix Tape had in each song and between songs. They always kept me excited and interested through out the night…In a scene where bands are often clamoring to showoff, The Tim Nayfield Mix Tape had a rare virtue, balance. There songs remained catchy, engaging, fun, and fully accessible… For once I find myself happy about receiving a mix tape, as long as it’s The Tim Nayfield Mix Tape”