Cody Beebe and Blake Noble have been no secret to the Pacific Northwest music scene. Beebe, a Washington State resident and front man of Cody Beebe & the Crooks, has toured extensively, nationally and internationally, developing a die-hard following of their Northwest rock influenced, Americana sound. Australian born Noble was an instrumental breath of fresh air when he arrived in Seattle in 2012. Also an accomplished touring musician, his distinctive percussive guitar and skilled didgeridoo blended with American folk, blues and funk caught the attention of waves of new fans, as well as Cody Beebe.
When the two were billed to play Chinook Music Festival in 2013, with both their independent projects in full swing (Noble slated to tour France in 2014 and Beebe developing plans to tour Europe in early 2015), they began toying with the idea of writing together. What began as a simple collaboration, based on the mutual respect between Beebe and Noble for each other’s unique talents, gave way to Rust on the Rails. A full band whose music is based on the common thread of the Roots-Rock sound which ran through both their independent careers.
The debut EP from Rust on the Rails, November Sky, released in October 2014 showcased the soulful, Americana Rock vocals of Beebe and the unrivaled, intricate percussive guitar and didgeridoo of Noble, punctuated by an exceptional rhythm section and the violin virtuosity of Tim Snider. Brandon Taylor of Seattle Music Insider said of their sound, “something new made familiar; something complicated made simple – their sound blending world music [and] 90s rock behind complexions of blues, folk [and] funk. The result is uniquely intuitive.” Their approachable complexity took flight and the (super)-group has found themselves sharing the stage with Sturgill Simpson and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real as well as billing alongside Mumford & Sons, Dawes and Foo Fighters at Gentlemen of the Road (Walla Walla). The collaboration has proved worthy of attention and leaves one hopefully anticipating what will come next from Rust on the Rails.
Scott Mercado (Candlebox)
The diversity of talent and singularity of soul this group exhibits is something Seattle needs to know about. Each member has demands elsewhere, making concerts and appearances in Seattle limited. Translation: try to catch a performance by Rust on the Rails.
I was born in Everett, WA in December of 1973. My Mom was a hippie & Dad was a bit of a redneck. I feel that I have benefited greatly from the contrast between them as I have grown more & more into who I am. I’m old fashioned & polite in many ways but also quite progressive & radical in others. I have no use for the “isms” if you know what I mean & feel that intolerance should not be tolerated especially when involving said “isms”. Basically, if you are a racist, a man or woman hater, homophobe, religious tyrant, etc, I have better things to do than deal with your ignorance. I am a proud parent to the coolest kid in the world. We are best friends & I love him with all of my heart. I am “happily single” at this point in my life & am in no hurry to be in an unhealthy relationship ever again. I have settled in the past & tried to make love work when I wasn’t ready for love & this has resulted in eminent failure repeatedly on the relationship front. Knowing this, I don’t blame myself or any of my former girlfriends for these failed relationships & know that love will happen when I am ready for it & happen to find a match to myself who is also ready for the same. As far as music goes, I put my heart & soul & life into it to the greatest degree possible & unapologetically so. I have nothing to hide in life & why should my music be any different? I believe that the best music & art to be found is honest, sincere, passionate & often times autobiographical & mine is no different. Some will enjoy what I do & others will not but I know for a fact that I what I do IS real & people who listen with open ears & heart should pick up on this… This honesty is what I am most proud of when it comes to my music & what I create/express with it. I started playing guitar in 1985-86 & have been in 30+ bands since starting my 1st one in 1987. I hope you’ll check out some of the links & give a listen to them….