Biography

Rusty Wier has always been the consummate entertainer.

Rusty was born in Corpus Christi, but has called Austin, Texas home for many years. At the age of three, while riding his imaginary horse in the aisles to the strains of an impromptu “William Tell Overture” from the piano player and laughter from the patrons of his dad’s restaurant in downtown Austin, Rusty discovered an ability to make people smile. Growing up in a world of restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, he learned that no one was a stranger and the world was a stage - and for a $5.00 ticket he could dish out $50.00 worth of entertainment.

Despite an early curfew, Rusty began performing professionally at the age of thirteen and within a few years discovered the blues clubs of East Austin. Rusty absorbed the sounds of BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, or other blues legends that might be playing at Charlie’s Playhouse or other hot and sweaty, soul-filled haunts on the east side.
Rusty signed his first recording contract with ABC Records and went on to record for 20th Century and Columbia Records. Rusty’s recordings produced nine charged singles and the crowd-pleasing “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance”. This song was later covered by eight major artists from around the world including Barbara Mandrell and Jerry Jeff Walker.

His devotion to his live performances and his recordings sas filled with his determination to make you keep on smiling and even smile a lot more!
In November 2007, Wier was diagnosed with cancer. He died on October 9, 2009, aged 65.

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