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20181227 CMYK Rusty Rierson picRusty Rierson is all country – from his charming looks to his smooth vocals, he brings a touch of yesterday's country and mixes it a little with today's; he doesn't stray (for the most part).

“I don't pretend to be something I'm not,” said the performer from his ranch in Augusta, Kansas. “Of course, except when I'm 'Rockin' Rusty.'”

Rockin' Rusty is an alter ego that makes appearances at some shows. While Rierson is a self-described shy entertainer and is soft-spoken, Rockin' Rusty is the “hippie cousin from San Francisco.”

Rierson makes his return to the Valley starting with a show at Park Place on Jan. 2. Last year Rierson performed for just six weeks but this year he's here for the full season and said he's excited with a pretty packed schedule.

“Usually I'm at home twiddling my thumbs at the ranch during the winter,” Rierson said. “This year it's going to be the busiest winter season I've ever had.”

Because of that he's working on a variety of shows to perform so people who want to see him more than once don't hear the same songs or jokes as before.

“Sometimes I'll perform two days in a row at parks that are next to each other,” he said. “If people want to come hear me again, I want to give them something different and I want to keep them entertained.”

Rierson got into music when he was 14 years old. He started singing in church and soon it became a passion. He learned guitar when his father, Roger, suggested that they take lessons together. In 2005, Rierson won the statewide "YF&R talent find contest" hosted by Farm Bureau and performed at the Kansas State Fair where he is annually invited back. In 2007, Rierson won the "Colgate Country Showdown" at the state level and placed in the top 15 nationally. He competed again at state in 2008, 2010, and 2011, before signing with his first record label.

Rierson recently released a new video to go with his heartfelt song “Life is Too Short (No Matter How Long it Lasts).” The video shows Rierson sitting inside a barn and playing guitar. It then transitions to photos throughout his childhood. The song is an emotional look through his years and the special relationship with his grandpa, who died in 1991.

“My mom looked through all of our photo albums to find those photos,” Rierson said. “There are pictures of me, my sister and my grandpa. It's quite a touching song.”

His first show of 2019 will be at Bit-O-Heaven RV & MH Park in Donna. After that he is performing at a different Winter Texan resort almost every day. There’s a reason for that, as you’ll see when you hear him perform. Watch for his ads in the Wintertainer™ section of the Winter Texan Times for his shows coming up.

Rusty Rierson's 2019 Show Schedule

Jan. 2 6:30 p.m. Bit-O-Heaven, Donna
Jan. 3 6:30 p.m. Alamo Rec-Veh Park, Alamo
Jan. 4 7 p.m. Circle T RV, Mission
Jan. 6 7 p.m. Casa del Sol, Donna
Jan. 7 7 p.m. Palm Shadows RV Park, Donna
Jan. 11 3 p.m. Llano Grande Estates, Mercedes
Jan. 12 7 p.m. Chimney Park, Mission
Jan. 13 7 p.m. Big Valley, Donna
Jan. 15 7 p.m., Alamo Rose, Alamo
Jan. 16 1:45 p.m. Winter Texan Expo

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