Glabicki founded Rusted Root upon returning from a post-high school trip to South America in 1988. After a false start with one group of musicians, he called Berlin, an old friend with whom he'd collaborated previously, and asked her to sing with him. Through her came drummer Donovan, with whom she'd taken an African drumming classes (this being a prerequisite Glabicki had established). Donovan recruited Norman, another classmate, to play guitar (he'd later switch to bass guitar, helping shape Rusted Root's rhythm-centric sound). A year later, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and bicycle messenger John Buynak and vocalist Jenn Wertz, originally hired to photograph the group, signed on. Buynak's distinctive artwork would give Rusted Root a strong visual image. Rusted Root would adopt a hard-touring way, their polyrhythmic multicultural rock and soul sound picking up devotees like a junkyard magnet as they swept across the nation. In 1990, they self-released a CD, Cruel Sun. The disc attracted Mercury Records which signed the band and released When I Woke (1994). Two more records (Remember in 1996 and the self-titled third in 1998), three EPs (Evil Ways, Live, and Airplane), a home video (Rusted Root Live) and miscellaneous film and TV soundtrack credits (Twister, Mathilda, Home For the Holidays, Party of Five, Homicide and the upcoming animated feature, Ice Age) followed. ..Welcome.. marks the reunion of Rusted Root with Grammy- winning producer, Bill Bottrell who produced "When I Woke", and the latest is "Rusted Root Live". This two disc set is Rusted Root's first ever release of live preformances, containing songs spanning their entire career. Features two previously unreleased songs, "Jack Kerouac" and Neil Young's "Powderfinger."
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