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Formed in Portland ME, in the early 90’s, the Rustic Overtones gained popularity with funky horn-infused jams and a rock solid, rock-ready style. In their 9 years together, the band gained a passionate following with their high energy live set, tirelessly touring college campuses and local clubs up and down the east coast, sometimes playing close to 200 shows a year. Their last show, a career spanning two and a half hour set, closed out the Overtone era at the State Theater in Portland on May 11, 2002.

In May 2007, Tony McNaboe, Spencer Albee, and Dave Gutter made a surprise announcement on Portland’s WCYY that they planned to reunite, and were in the process of scheduling local reunion shows. On May 29th, they announced that they would play two reunion shows at Portland club “The Asylum,” one on July 28th, 2007 and another on July 29th. They also performed at the Maine Lobster Festival on August 2nd. In addition, after a month of rumors and gossip, the band also announced that they have been working on a new album of previously unreleased material and newly written music, which will be released coinciding with the two reunion shows. The album will be released independently, due to the band’s past frustration with dealing with record labels. While initially rumored that these two shows would be the only Rustic Overtones reunion, Dave Gutter has confirmed that the band is “here to stay.” In August 2008, it was announced that Spencer Albee had officially left the band and had been replaced by Sean Morin.


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  • Hullabaloolaloo

    New album out 11/26/2013!!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • adowns

    They are indeed active. Show in Portland in a few weeks. Check it out.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • araungzeb

    Not only are these guys still around, but they're working on a new album and currently touring too!

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Patjm1992

    are they still around?

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • Patjm1992

    Hmm. is Rustic Overtones still around? I know a guy and another guy that wants to know.

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • Modestmilk

    Are these guys still around?

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • benthepirate

    shish boom bam is still their best album.. and fishin' in a bucket is still my favorite song by them.

    6 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Rooster128

    Awesome job at Nateva guys, you burned the stage up! :D

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • mightykendar

    Enjoyed the band's acoustic set at Bull Moose in Bangor tonight...such a great group.

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • gravytrain73

    Just saw these guys open for State Radio. An excellent set. I'm surprised that they have so much history!

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mobydickulous

    Bunch of new shows added. More info on the forum:

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • benthepirate

    mobydickulous, i didn't even know this album got released outside of maine. but i haven't followed maine music at all for the past 6 years or so, and with good reason.

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Trinitui

    Not that bad, their set today was pretty good.

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
  • satH4n

    these guys played in scarborough over the weekend and it was fantastic! check our their live show if you get a chance

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mobydickulous

    benthepirate, they've got the national release cover on here, you probably have the original indie version (it's tan with a drawing of a bug in a jar on it).

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • benthepirate

    hm that light at the end album cover isn't the one i have on my legit copy. oh well.

    13 May 2008 Reply
  • trentantula

    :) I love this band. so wonderous

    6 May 2008 Reply
  • rideTen

    woot woot, they're coming to boston!

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
  • multitudinous

    @Gvaz: tags can also be used as a way of organizing streams of media, for some people. it's not for one application--what if i wanted to go do a 'portland me' tag radio listen? I'm from Portland, it could happen. In fact...I think I will right now.

    24 Oct 2007 Reply
  • mobydickulous

    I imagine that would be Troublesome or Rock Like War.

    4 Oct 2007 Reply
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