Rusted Root is an American worldbeat rock band formed in 1990 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by singer-guitarist Michael Glabicki (born January 21, 1969), bassist Patrick Norman and percussionist Liz Berlin. The band got its start as the house band playing a weekly gig in Jack’s Back Room on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The band achieved fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, which included the hit single “Send Me on My Way”. The song has been featured prominently in many films and commercials. Rusted Root has sold more than three million albums, and is currently on hiatus. The band is known for its fusion of acoustic, rock, world and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences. Michael Glabicki has acknowledged the popular success of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album So as an influence on his decision to incorporate worldbeat into his own music. The band’s lyrical content varies but often talks about Christianity and Judaism. The group’s 2012 album, The Movement, was fan-funded. Here are all of Rusted Root albums ranked.
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3. Rusted Root Live (2004)
“This album is a hidden gem. Rusted Root only had a brief time in the commercial sun so many of you probably aren’t familiar with them. After listening to rock music for forty years I find this to definitely be one of the best live albums I ever heard. The sound quality is excellent. Rusted Root decided to concentrate on live shows at outdoor arenas as did the Grateful Dead and Fish. The energy they exude is absolutely amazing.”
2. Cruel Sun (1992)
“This one is five stars for a completely different reason than why “When I woke” is a 5*. WIW was awesome because I was finally hearing the music that I knew was out there somewhere. This cd (released only last year-surprising because I feel like it’s been with me a long time) is possibly the best headphone album of the last 20 years.”
1. When I Woke (1994)
“This is by far the best music i ever heard! and it’s a shame that besides “Send me on my way” the rest of the songs are not very well known. I love how they manage to put a fast paced segment into almost every song and it always gets me dancing like a crazy person! Plus it sounds powerful and spiritual somehow at the same time! A great album indeed!”