At 17 years old he taught himself how to play the piano. At 19 Years old he took a Greyhound bus from Louisiana to Las Vegas, Nevada only $90 in his pocket. When he got to Vegas, he cleaned bathrooms and swept floors in casinos until he could get his chance. Well, he got his chance, and he has never looked back. Rusty’s bands have played all over the United States and Canada, Including, the main show rooms in some of the biggest Casino’s in Vegas. He is a singer, song writer, performer, and a player of different instruments. Take Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald and roll them into one and you get Rusty Yates. He has entertained with the likes of "Tracy Lawrence", "Doug Stone", "Jan and Dean", "The Coasters", "Toby Keith", "Waylon Jennings", The 1950's Group "The Ink Spots", "David Allen Coe", and "George Jones". "Joe Jackson" of "Jackson Records" wanted Rusty to sign with his record label after hearing him sing. Before "Patrick Swayze" decided not to do the movie, Rusty had recorded the single for "Dirty Dancing II". Rusty has written many songs, including the song "Every Man Needs A Woman", Which "Wayne Toups" of Louisiana put out on his "Back To The Bayou" CD. It is obvious the desire and grit it takes to do everything Rusty Yates has done in his music career, However...he does come from a long line of musical family that he can't deny. Rusty grew up singing in church where his grandfather was a preacher. Rusty's father "Charles Yates" was and still is an accomplished gospel singer. Rusty's father sang gospel music as tenor with the "Speer Family", "The Masters Five", and sang with "Elvis Presley" in some of his last concerts. Rusty was actually named after gospel singer "Rusty Goodman" of "The Happy Goodman’s." Rusty’s Aunt "Carolyn Yates", also known by her stage name "Carol Lee", wrote the song "I Wont Mention It Again". "I won’t mention it again" was performed by "Ray Price", and in 1971 spent 13 consecutive weeks at #1 on the country charts. Most recently, "Reba McEntire" recorded "I Won’t Mention It Again" on her greatest hits CD . I could go on and on about Rusty Yates and his family’s musical accomplishments, but Rusty's voice, his songs, and his performance speaks for itself.
Brad Walker - (Saxaphone)
BRAD WALKER (SAX)
Brad Walker began playing the clarinet at age 11, and one year later switched to tenor saxophone….and he has been amazing audiences every since.. Brad has been awarded many honors as a soloist on the national level, including top player in the LSU Jazz Ensemble & Wind Ensemble. Oh yea….he also plays the heck out of a soprano sax. Brad taught for two years in an underserved area of Brooklyn New York. Brad has performed with and toured with luminaries such as "Jonathan Freilich", "Simon Lott", " Helen Gillet "Aurora Nealand", "Jeff Albert" and others. Other highlights include performances at the "House of Blues", d.b.a., "Blue Nile", "One Eyed Jack’s", "The Manship Theater", and sharing the stage with musical legends "Troy Davis","Bobby Shew", and "Eric Lindell", among others.......
Max Toler - (Bass Guitar)
MAX TOLER (BASS)
Max has played with acts such as "New World Funk", "After 8", "Phat Hat", and "Souled Out". With musical influences like, "Nathan Watts", "Larry Graham", "James Jamerson", "Jaco", "Louis Johnson", "Bootsy Collins", and "Rocco Prestia", Max has a Funk, Soul, R&B sound that makes you feel good all over when you hear him play.
Nick Garrison - (Trombone)
Matt Doran - (Key Boards/B3 Organ)
MATT DORAN (KEY BOARDS/B3 ORGAN)
Matt Started playing piano by ear when he was 6 years old. With very little formal training-mostly self taught , he studied 1 year with "Don Gros". Matt has been playing keyboards in bands since he was 15 years old. He also plays the Trumphet and French horn along with a few other instruments to his liking. Matt has played with or shared stage with,"Crosby Stills Nash", "Kool and the Gang", "The Four Tops", "Bobby Kimball" (Toto), "Kicks", "David Frazier", "Wendell Woods" , and "Wess Anderson". He has Played for "Paramount Pictures"(Television) and "Fox Television" private parties in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and The Clevelander in South Beach Miami. You can’t miss his Style, he plays the Key Boards and the B3 Organ at the same time…..Matt has more energy than both you and I put together, so watch out….here he comes.
Jeff Yates - Management/Public Relations
Ivory Keys Entertainment,Llc
Open Road Publishing Group, Llc
The Rusty Yates Band, Llc
"One Music Family
One Music Direction"