Rusty Yates – Presented by the Arts Council and 225 Magazine (Soulful Blues) Special Sunday in the Park Season Kick-Off at FestForAll! Baton Rouge pianist, Rusty Yates fronts a 7-piece band of seasoned performers playing the style of music that influenced him while growing up in Louisiana. Rusty has his own sound, but his performances bring to mind the best of Delbert McClinton, the vocals of BB King, and a touch of old school Ray Charles. Rusty and his band have played music venues throughout North America and are considered by many to be one of the premier acts in the country, continuing a sound that links both past and present.

Rusty Yates band plays the Varsity Theatre

Rusty Yates, a Baton Rouge singer, songwriter and pianist with a natural gift for all kinds of music, including pop, rhythm-and-blues and soul, and his younger brother, Jeff, are on a mission.

Friday’s launch for Rusty Yates’ new album, “Passion,” at the Varsity Theatre, featuring Yates and his seven-piece band, is part of the plan to take his career level.

After performing for more than 30 years, Yates experienced an epiphany after he attended a 2010 concert by Tommy Emmanuel, the internationally popular, Nashville-based Australian singer-guitarist. Before the Emmanuel show, Yates believed that the chance to work as anything more than a local entertainer had passed him by. He’s been playing a solo gig, for instance, at cigar bar Churchill’s for 14 years.

Yates enjoys playing at Churchill’s, not to mention smoking cigars. But something Emmanuel said in concert inspired the then 50-year-old musician to renew his ambition.

“I had been going by the old way of doing things, when the record companies decided who gets signed,” Yates said. “And you don’t get anything released unless they release it.”

The rise of digital distribution of music, a technological development that devastated the traditional recorded music-business model, left record companies much less powerful than they once were.

“The independent movement is so big now,” Yates said. “Tommy Emmanuel is one of the pioneers in that.”

Rusty and Jeff Yates and their gospel singer father, Charles, all attended Emmanuel’s 2010 concert in Baton Rouge.

“We sat there and it was almost as if Tommy were talking directly to me,” Yates recalled. “He stopped the show and said, ‘I’m blessed to get to do this. If you’re out there in this audience, and if you know you’ve got what it takes to do what I’m doing now, that’s the key. If you have the talent, you don’t need a record deal or a publishing deal. You need your talent and you need YouTube. Hone up on your business skills, get someone involved with you who has business skills. Go after it and don’t stop until you get there.’ ”

The next day, Yates thought: “I’m supposed to be doing that, regardless of my age.”

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The Yates brothers, without each other’s knowledge, wrote business plans the next day.

“We put them together and they were almost identical,” Yates said.

In the brothers’ partnership, Rusty Yates takes the creative and performance spotlight. Jeff Yates, himself a talented musician and songwriter, handles business and promotion.

The Yates brothers come from a historically musical family. In addition to their gospel-singing father, their late uncle, Bill Yates, was a Sun Records artist and regular performer in Las Vegas and Memphis. Their late aunt, Carolyn Yates, also a singer and songwriter, composed the Ray Price hit, “I Won’t Mention It Again,” a No. 1 country song in 1971.

Beginning in January 1980, Rusty Yates played drums for his Uncle Bill at the King 8 Casino in Las Vegas. He later worked with other Vegas acts, including Gina Eckstine, the daughter of jazz singer Billy Eckstine. He led his own band, too, and worked as a solo act.

“I grew up with gospel music and that means a lot to me,” he said. “But Michael McDonald, Ray Charles, Elton John, Ronnie Milsap and Billy Joel were huge influences on me.

“And the Beatles, especially Paul McCartney, because he played the piano. There was something about the piano that drew me to it.”

“Rusty,” Jeff Yates said, “gets accused of sounding like so many different people. But he’s not trying to sound like them. That’s just the way it comes across when he sings a song.”

Soul and R&B are the focus of Yates’ “Passion” album and its predecessor, “Chameleon.” “It’s old-school music but it’s new,” he said.

“The record labels,” his brother, Jeff, said, “have told us so many times over the years that we must fit into this mold or that mold. But now we say, ‘Whatever comes of it, we’re gonna do it the way we wanna do it.’ ”

CO-OP "We Bleed Purple & Gold" Pregame Concert Series

The RUSTY YATES BAND  will be performing from 2pm til 5pm   SEPT 21st in the CO-OP Bookstore Parking Lot right next to Walk On's off of Burbank.


Firefly Vodka is a single game sponsor for our concert that day!


We Will Never Forget....We Will Move On and Be Stronger and Grow Stronger because that's who we are in America. Other Countries and even our own Government do not define who we are as people in the United States. You and I Define Who We Are and Where We Will Stand In This Life. We Will Never Forget What Happened September 11 2001,  Not Because You Remind Us, We Will Never Forget What Happened September 11, 2001 Because We Choose Never To Forget. Not For Anger, But So That We Will Be Better, Stronger, and Free.

God Bless All Of You....God Bless America!!

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WOW...Thank you fans for listening to our song "Cryin Cryin Cryin" on YouTube. The Rusty Yates Band thanks all of you fans for enjoying our song and video!

"CRYIN CRYIN CRYIN" will be on our Soon To Be Released CD "PASSION"

Keep The Love Coming Our Way, It's All About You!

LISTEN UP FOR JUST A MINUTE…..I cannot begin to tell you how important this is, and you can help! Louisiana is our state….. both mine and yours, and many of our Louisiana Soldiers who willingly joined our military, are coming home after their service to our Country and State, only to be faced with hard times and now they are homeless. Our Louisiana Veteran’s may have been injured in war and are now disabled, They be having difficulties adjusting back to civilian life because they were gone for so long. There are a number of reasons why our Louisiana Veteran Soldiers could back home to Louisiana and find themselves Homeless, Jobless, and in need of attention, but there is one thing I know….These are Our Louisiana Soldiers….These are Our Louisiana Veterans, and they have sacrificed for you and I. Not having a place to sleep, Not having food to eat, Not having the training that they need to work civilian jobs, this Does Not set well with me. I am a Veteran, and I can’t imagine coming back home to Louisiana and not having any of the things that I mentioned above. I can’t speak for you, but it matters to me…and it matters to:  ZEAGLER’S MUSIC STORE and to PRESONUS and to TREADS & CARE and to INSURANCE NETWORK OF LOUISIANA and to ZIZZI CONSTRUCTION and to ASCENSION MOTORS and to LAFLEUR PRINTING and to BREW HA-HA and to ZAPP’S POTATO CHIPS and to PSS SOUND SERVICES and to THE LOUISIANA MUSIC HALL OF FAME and to WYNK 101.5 and to THE TEXAS CLUB and to ROCK THE SOUTH REORDS and to SGT. MIKE MCNAUGHTON and to THE RUSTY YATES BAND and to THE CJ SOLAR BAND and to THE CHRIS LEBLANC BAND and to THE EDDIE SMITH BAND and to EVERY VETERAN SOLDIER THAT IS NOT HOMELESS and to EVERY SOLDIER THAT IS HOMELESS…..IT MATTERS! This event (Patriotic Palooza) is not just for the Louisiana Homeless Veteran’s. The Patriotic Palooza is for all of us to pay tribute to Every Louisiana Veteran….Some of our Louisiana Purple Hearts will be at the Concert Event along with other Veteran’s….The concert show that is being produced for the Patriotic Palooza, you have got to see it. The show that you will see that night may be the most Patriotic Event that you have ever gone to. Here is what you and I need to do….we need to fill the Texas Club with so many Louisiana Patriots that out Veterans can’t help but feel the love. Tickets are only $12 each, and you can get them by going to ZEAGLER’S MUSIC STORE in Baton Rouge, or go to , or  you can get your tickets for the event from any of the 4 bands that are performing event that night. Let’s pull together Louisiana and show our Veteran’s that we care.

Here is a youtube video that our special guest Mike McNaughton from Denham Springs was asked to be in a few years back. Mike is a true inspiration to all American’s, and he lives right here in Louisiana.

Lonestar – Mountains


A Big Thank You To The City Of New Orleans. It was quite the honor for Rusty and his band to have played for the Mayor of             New Orleans ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Orleans Airport $300 million Super Bowl renovation this past Tuesday. For all of you that missed your plane's because you stopped to listen to our band. We hope you enjoyed the music, and that you got the earliest flight home possible.

Thanks again NOLA!


We had a great time performing at  La Music Factory this past Saturday in New Orleans. The people there had a great time, and so did we. We want to thank Barry for having us. La Music Factory will have some video of our performance there posted on youtube soon, we will post it on our website and and facebook page when its available for us to do so. When your in the New Orleans area, you really need to go check out La Music Factory. Barry has every kind of music you can think of that goes back in time. He has music from local Louisiana Music Legends, and up and coming Louisiana Music Artist....What a great original music Venue. It's all for sale at La Music Factory. Rusty and the band hope to play there again around festival time....we will keep you posted!

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