“…that’s just what Rollie Tussing’s music is – a blast of fresh air in a genre that can get awfully stagnant when deep feelings don’t infest the walls of its music. Tussing’s music Has deep feelings and then some.” – Cub Koda, AMG
Formerly a purveyor of fine jungle tonics and elixirs, Rollie Tussing currently lives in a bramble covered snow globe. Sometimes he plays his brand of raggedy-folk music to an audience of polite spiders. He thought himself a jazz musician, but all the jazz cats called the raggedy sounds emanating from his various home-made instruments “bluegrass.” All the bluegrass pickers called it “blues” and all the blues guys called it “jazz.” Maybe we’ll call it raggedy- folk music heavily influenced by the un-popular music of the 78rpm era, or just “jug-band jazz.”
Award winning guitarist, educator and performer Rollie Tussing has performed in concert halls, music festivals and acoustic venues all over the United States and parts of Europe. His ragged brand of folk and country blues is informed by the era of 78 rpm records, juke-joints, and street performers. He composes a lot of his own songs and has a knack for re-working old obscure tunes from the grooves of his esoteric record collection.
After releasing his debut recording ‘Blow Whistle Blow’ in 1998 and winning the National Slide Guitar Competition in 2001, Rollie moved with his wife to Portland Oregon. He spent the next decade touring, performing, writing and playing with West Coast regional and touring musicians. In 2007, along with “The Don of Division Street” and Scott McDougall, he formed “Rollie Tussing & the Diminished Seven”. The band enjoyed many enduring residencies in some of Portland’s finest venues with a devoted following