The Rusticators are a Virginia-based acoustic duo. Drawing upon sounds from traditional & contemporary folk to California pop, the Rusticators integrate a wide range of styles to create their own unique brand of acoustic Americana with an emphasis on harmonies.
A native of southern California, Christian Devin Amsler has been a multi-instrumentalist for over 20 years. Early in 2001, Chris met fellow Gram Parsons fan, Abbey Linfert, and joined the Rusticators. His influences range from Miles Davis to the Monkees. He has played in various projects from Heavy Metal to Surf music and was the drummer for the San Francisco production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch.
Abbey Linfert is a singer, songwriter and mandolin player. With a passion for acoustic music & harmonies, Ms. Linfert's roots are in old-time country, folk and rock-n-roll. KUSP DJ Tom McCarter compares Abbey's sound to that of singing great Emmylou Harris. Her songwriting style has been described as a melodic storyteller's voice filled with the emotions of everyday living and honesty.
Talking with the Dead is the Rusticators most recent release. An eclectic mix of all-original tracks, this album highlights exceptional song-writing skills that span several genres and include folk, rock, pop and country. Produced by Amsler, the presentation ranges from scaled down acoustic songs to full-band production. Of "Talking with the Dead", Smother.Net says "it's not often that independent music by a duo gets you thinking about all sorts of things, so when it comes around you've got to really hang on and pay full attention". Nicky Rossiter of Rambles Magazine says "the sound of the Rusticators is an eclectic combination of many genres from pop to traditional, but the result can best be described as 'great'....the entire album (Talking with the Dead) is a joy to hear. The lyrics, production and performances are top class and deserve to be heard by a wider audience".
The Rusticators debut CD was released in the fall of 2002. A collection of 13 original tunes, the album was produced by Amsler. Since its release, the album has received critical acclaim and radio play in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Rusticators gig regularly up and down the East Coast of the United States.