“After I heard these guys I knew I wanted them for my show. They are the real deal …” Tom Russell at the Rio Grande Theater, April 2007
The Deming Fusiliers have been plying Southwest music listeners with their infectious brand of Appalachian string band music for over 10 years. And, no, they don’t live in Deming, home of the famed Deming Duck Races. Fiddler Rus Bradburd and mandolinist Bob Deitner adopted the name, conjured up by a friend, minutes before the original group was to go on stage for their first performance. Currently they are joined by Bill Bussman, bass, Marc Robert, banjo, and Greg Gendall, guitar. They play a particularly raucous and rhythm infused brand of this music of the Appalachian Mountains and rural south. Their music intertwines ancient fiddle melodies with gospel songs, dance tunes, and songs that relate stories, tales and legends from early America. Many have labeled it Americana or American Roots, but at its core it has strong Irish and Scottish roots, handed down through the generations and danced to by people in counterpoint to the raw and powerful harmonies of their singing.
In 2006, the Fusiliers were chosen as one of the few opening acts to ever open a performance for legendary Texas singer-songwriter Tom Russell in concert.
“The first time I ever heard these guys was a year ago. The music was great, very laid back, like you were sitting on their back porch with them…” – Tom Russell during an interview on KRWG radio, April 2007
The power of their music lifts the heart and tickles the spirit; it is a balm for the soul, troubled by daily woes. They relate the history of the music and the songs and site many of the great musicians and singers who handed this music down through the generations, not for the money, but for the love of it. The Fusiliers do family oriented shows and love to work with kids in the audience and include them in the singing. Equally at home on stage, in a pub session, a private party, a special community event, or a contra/square dance, The Deming Fusiliers bring the heart, the soul and the energy of the mountains to your “back porch” rocking chair.