Rusted Root

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Rusted Root
Photo from a 2008 concert
Photo from a 2008 concert
Background information
OriginPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresRoots rock,[1] worldbeat[1]
Years active1990–2019
LabelsMercury/Island/Touchy Pegg
MembersMichael Glabicki
Patrick Norman
Liz Berlin
Past membersJim DiSpirito
Jim Donovan
Jenn Wertz
John Buynak
Ethan Winograd
Preach Freedom
Colter Harper
Jason Miller
Cory Caruso
Dirk Miller

Rusted Root is an American worldbeat rock band formed in 1990 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by singer-guitarist Michael Glabicki (born January 21, 1969),[2] bassist Patrick Norman and percussionist Liz Berlin. The band got its start as the house band playing a weekly gig in Jack's Back Room on Pittsburgh's South Side. The band achieved fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, which included the hit single "Send Me on My Way". The song has been featured prominently in many films and commercials. Rusted Root has sold more than three million albums, and is currently on hiatus.[1]

Musical style and influences[edit]

The band is known for its fusion of acoustic, rock, world and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences. Michael Glabicki has acknowledged the popular success of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So as an influence on his decision to incorporate worldbeat into his own music.[1] The band's lyrical content varies but often talks about Christianity and Judaism. The group's 2012 album,The Movement, was fan-funded. [3]

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]


  • The Best of Rusted Root: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (2005)


  • Rusted Root (1990)
  • Christ Monkey (1991)
  • Live (1995)
  • Evil Ways (1996)
  • Airplane (1998)


  1. ^ a b c d Bonfiglio, Jeremy D. (6 July 2014). "Staying connected to their Roots". The Herald Palladium. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
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  3. ^ Greenhaus, Mike Relix

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