Dean Rutledge, my friend and mentor,  passed on July 2 2021


I learned so much from Dean. I remember at first, he just called me "Kid". We did countless gigs together, first with him as the boss and later as equals - he was *always* supportive and instructive. As much as anyone, Dean taught me how to sing. He introduced me to influential people that made my musical career possible. Most of all, I lost a dear, lifelong friend.

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In about 1999, I dug out old reel to reel tapes we made back in the day, and digitized them.  Here they are, fond memories of a simpler time.  David Burgess on bass, Wayne Willingham on guitar, at The Filling Station in Detroit Michigan sometime in 1973.

So long buddy, don't forget your capo.

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