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After quitting his full-time job to pursue his passion, Seattle-raised singer, songwriter, guitarist and author Alex Rasmussen took to the streets and stages of America to share his music--a unique blend of folk and rock fueled by the adventures and heartaches of a nomadic spirit. Between solo gigs and shows with his band, A Lovely Ruckus, Alex performed over 150 times during 2017, spending most of the year on the road. Now, in 2018, he has found a home-base in Nashville where, between tours, he is constantly writing and working tirelessly to refine his craft. 

Find "A Lovely Ruckus" on Spotify and iTunes. 

Alex's novel, Coloring outside the Lines--drawn from experiences collected while street performing between Seattle and San Francisco--is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Coloring-Outside-Lines-Alex-Rasmussen/dp/1519624735

Coming up for air 


Hey all, Alex here.

These past few months have blown by in a blur of performances and productivity. 
Several shows have featured "The Road", but I've been focusing largely on solo performances as of late. 

I've been bouncing all over the state--from the peninsula to Monroe to Auburn--playing taprooms and wineries, even hitting the "first" Starbucks at Pike Place Market every Sunday (when there's not a gig elsewhere) to get my weekly dose of busking. There are many more shows on the calendar in the coming months, including the first few dates of an October tour that will take me from Seattle to New Orleans and back. I am very excited about the current state of things. This momentum is intoxicating. 

In band news: The Road and I will be recording a new 5-song EP in mid-July, once again engineered by bass-player-extraordinaire, Chase Baldwin.
Keep your eyes out for this release sometime in August / September. 

Until then, check the calendar for a date near you as we continue full-speed ahead!
 

Passing the next mile marker... 

These past few months have been very busy for the Road.
We've played many amazing shows and have been booking like crazy to set up a very exciting summer schedule. 

Check the calendar for upcoming dates, both solo and with the band, as we bounce around the state, bringing you a show to remember. 
Also, keep your ears open for a new EP, which we'll be recording on the first weekend of July.

I'll keep you updated as we roll along...

 

Springing forward 



Change is in the air.
Spring is just around the corner , and as the trees prepare to burst with fresh foliage, it feels very natural that this group veer down a new and exciting path. 

As of sometime this spring, the band's violinist and singer, Geli Wuerzner, will be embarking upon a cross-country journey with her dogs and a fellow songwriter. The four of them will be living in an RV and traveling the US together. We wish them the best of luck. Until then, Geli will be joining us for several gigs, which can be found on our rapidly-filling calendar. 

Upon Geli's departure the band will welcome a new member--who is, as of yet, undecided. 

Beyond lineup changes, we would like to announce that our music--14 songs, spanning 2 discs--can be found on Spotify and iTunes by searching for "Alex Rasmussen and The Road." Our bass player, and video-editing whiz, Chase Baldwin, is also currently working on a music video for our song "Got it All". This video was shot on a cliff in Northern California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and we are very excited to share the footage with you.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for show updates and other info as we round the next bend into the unknown. 
 

Slow and Steady... 

Hey all,
    Alex here.
I'm lying in bed, reflecting on the past year, and the year to come.
Gratitude is the word that continues to come to mind.
I am so thankful for the experiences we've had in our short time together, and excited to see what lies ahead.
The band has recently completed its first tour, released its first EP (available on iTunes), and is gearing up for a slew of local shows to kick off the new year. (Check 'em out in the Events section of the website.)




Over the past few weeks, the four of us have been enjoying some time to ourselves.
Each of us has another project (or twelve) that we've been nurturing, whether it be a novel we're writing, another musical endeavor (sometimes several), or just taking some time to recuperate.
The holidays are a great time to reflect, to regroup and strategize; and the members of The Road have been doing just that.

It is said that there is a calm before the storm.
And, to quote John Fogerty, with a line from one of his many Creedence classics:
It's been calm for far too long.

Expect much from us in 2016.
As the wheels roll on
                Slow and steady
 

Surrendering to Serendipity 

"Batting 1000," is a phrase that we've been saying this last week on this tour.
The theme has been "just say yes."
On our second day we hit up San Francisco and Alex led the way to this beautiful lookout on the coast called Devil's Slide. We were going to take our instruments out to play on the cliff when a man in a Prius pulled up and asked what we were up to. "Are you shooting a music video?" he asked. 
"Yes," was the reply that came from Bruce. 
So we did with the 4k camera and professional grade tripod that Mikey just happened to have with him. It was a beautiful moment of communion on the cliff.

It wasn't a surprise that the hostel we were staying at that evening happened to have a stage and we found ourselves giving an impromptu concert that was well received to the people lounging in the common area. The trip continued to unfold with busking, birthday libations in Yuba City, jamming in a moving van on the way to LA, and day after day of magical musical meanderings. Every day continued the unfolding as each person familiar or new brought their own flavor to the ways to say yes.


The road called and we answered but the truth is without the support of the people that we know and have met along the way, this musical adventure would not be possible. We're halfway through our Busk or Bust tour but it's made a permanent impression on our hearts. A couple more days in Phoenix and we'll be on our way back to the Northwest to arrive with our stories and the knowledge that when you make the space for it in your life it becomes easier to surrender to the serendipity that comes.



 

Got It All 

With hard work, meditation, blood, sweat, and a few naps the new EP is in our hands and ready for us to take down the coast as we embark on the Busk or Bust tour early on Tuesday morning. 

If you want a sample of the acoustic version of these songs and the engineering genius of Chase Baldwin you can listen to the first track on our website. If you want to hear the whole thing you'll have to come find us at a show and buy it. 

To understand how this all came together.
1. We recorded all five tracks live while Chase played the bass from the engineering chair. 
2. These songs were recorded nearly in full within two days. 
3. There was another weekend of cleaning up sound and then the mixer broke.
4. The mixer was repaired just in time for the team (mostly Chase) to finish up the mixes and get the tracks ready to press into a CD.

So give us three weeks and we'll give you an album... and a tour!

Look out California, here we come. 

Grinding wheels, rolling forward... 

Order rubber stamp for CD sleeves, check.
Chart out two dozen cover songs, check.
Make sure T-shirt order is on schedule for the group's November 3rd tour kick-off, check.
Update website, in progress...



The anticipation builds as next Tuesday approaches and the engine fires on all cylinders.
I'm Alex, writing to you about Geli, who is designing labels for the CD that Chase is mixing so that we can have some music to share on our fast-approaching tour, which Bruce is booking and promoting like a madman.
The days are blazing by and we couldn't be happier.
This time next week the group will be street performing in San Francisco, singing songs for passerby on Haight street, hopefully warmed by some California sun. We can't wait to hit the road--not only to share our new songs and gain some new experience, but also to experience the camaraderie that can only come from 12 days packed into a van with our gear and whatever smells may be the result of the sporadic showers that accompany our state of perpetual motion.

Keep your ears open for new music, which we'll be posting shortly, and your eyes peeled for the slew of photos and blog entries that we'll be sharing with you so that you can join us for what is sure to be a wild ride.

 

The Best is Yet to Come 

The gang just spent the last weekend live tracking, sweating in a booth, and smelling each other's farts. (Thanks, Qdoba)
However, the end result is five new tracks that are ready to be mixed and then pressed into a CD for the upcoming tour this November. 
While you may be hungry and want a sample of the new tracks, you're just going to have to be satisfied with a picture of Chase in the Captain's chair for the time being.

One bad-ass bass engineer.


But wait, there's more!
We've also been hard at work practicing some Frank Sinatra cover tunes. Alex worked out arrangements for the four piece and we're going to be taking those songs to the Pike Place Market benefit called Behind the Table. All proceeds will be contributed directly to the Market Community Safety net that provides financial assistance to anyone working or living in Pike Place Market during a time of great need. It's been such a privilege getting to know the community of people that surround the Market. So dust off your formal wear and come join us for an unforgettable evening of art, auction, and abundance.


 

Busking or Bust 

The crew is about to embark on a new adventure down the West Coast that includes stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix as well as all the places in between. Stay tuned as The Road hits the road with the start of their new EP release.