Rushad Eggleston • Rushad Eggleston is a world-renowned cello innovator, known for his mastery of rhythm and improvisation. He was the first string player to win a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, he has been nominated for a Grammy award, played at Carnegie Hall, appeared on over 50 recordings, and played in 13 countries, scored multiple films, and licensed his music for film and TV. Rushad is also an accomplished teacher, composer, and songwriter. He is also a guitarist, cartoonist, writer and inventor of mythical worlds and languages.
“He has done things that nobody has done with the cello, and was the first string student admitted to the prestigious Berklee School Of Music on a full scholarship.”
Eggleston has toured extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Fiddler’s 4, and the alternative folk/bluegrass group he helped found, Crooked Still. Crooked Still released two CD with Eggleston, one in 2004 and the second in 2006. Eggleston also released a more experimental album named "Playhouse of the Universe" July 10, 2006 with The Wild Band of Snee, as well as another of his goofier albums, Rushad Eggleston and The Butt Wizards. Eggleston left Crooked Still in November 2007.
Eggleston now leads, produces, and tours nationally with band, Tornado Rider, based out of Oakland, CA, where he displays his wild costumes and acrobatic sensibilities. Members include Rushad Eggleston on electric cello and lead vocal, Graham Terry on electric bass and backup vocals, and Scott Manke on drums and backup vocals.
Eggleston’s own bio states: “The Sneth Goblin (aka Rushad Eggleston) was born in a log cabin in Big Sur, CA, started violin at 3, jumped to cello at 8, bored, preferred sports and was pretty good at them. announced detailed basketball, football and hockey games he played against himself. shot bingy-gun at the moon each morning. fell in love with music upon discovering rocknroll and guitar, at age 12. disenchanted with school, quit homework, practiced all day. dropped out of highschool, got back into cello, eternal battle between cello and guitar, wore no shoes for 2 years, hardcore vegan, spent long hours alone in the woods or in room, writing listening thinking practicing reading meditating. supercat. climbed trees. won full scholarship to Berklee music college where everything changed. invented bluegrass cello, made whole new styles of playing. toured country and world with fiddly folk bands, had full pockets, wrote secret music of snee, ages 22-26. age 27 life exploded, snee got overtaken by sneth, original interest in rocknroll resurfaced partially in rebellion against oversaturation in folk music. became rushadicus, formed tornado rider with skatogious and grameecious, strapped on the cello and dosed (is currently dosing) the world with happy/hyper melodies. considers himself a hyena/mongoose/lemur/fruitbat/flying fox. known for his semi-acrobatic abilities, and for being a "spaz". likes to say things like "binsnickulous grouckmaster of limpiguanon", give himself titles like "proprietor of igwarfnees", and name himself names like "j’slarkman boutchwees von hijj-catcher"… laters.”
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