Somewhere in the Middle
Who is Tin Man? Well Tin Man started in 2005 as a solo project for Rusty Parrish. Rusty started out as a singer in a high school rock band. He taught himself to play guitar and write songs over the years while playing with such notable Mpls bands as Two Minute Warning, The Hatfields, The Cactus thieves and Passionfish with great regional success. Rusty gave up the music business in 1995 to focus on his family and a career and relocated to the Seattle area. But once music is in your blood there's no getting away from it. Over those years away from playing live Rusty began writing songs again and had a strong desire to perform again. Out of necessity he started preforming solo around the Seattle, Tacoma and MPLS areas in 2005. After 4 years of playing solo and releasing 2 solo CD's ( Tortured hearts, Half truths and Observation 2007, Talking to the clouds 2009 on his own Vanity records label ) it was time for something new.?Rusty really wanted to put together a backing band to flesh out his songs he had written and recorded at his home studio. After placing adds on Craigslist searching for the right people and months of frustration Rusty came upon a fantastic drummer by the name of Dave Smith ( Five dollar fine, Moss brothers and Voodoo Ranch) who currently fills the drum chair. But the search for a like minded Guitar player and bassist seemed fruitless by early 2010. So Rusty made a decision to return to Mpls in the summer of 2010 to rerecord some of his best songs and a few new songs with musicians he had played with in the past with great success . ?The idea was to give a better representation of his songs in a band setting as to attract the right players to fill out the band. The result is the fully formed and inspiring CD called 'Somewhere in the middle'. Recorded over just 10 days at It's A Secret Studios in MPLS MN It showcases what a strong singer/songwriter Rusty really is. Produced by the legendary Dave Russ with a cast of players that includes Sean Hoffman, Randy Casey, Dave Fierek, Luke Kramer and Tom Bard.?In late 2010 Rusty and Dave made the addition of Ed Hess ( Moss Brothers, Five Dollar fine) on Bass completing the rhythm section and added Jeff Wiedeman on guitar to round out his 4 piece band. Tin Man and his band have started booking shows for early 2011 with this new line up and continues to preform solo around the Seattle Tacoma area. With a live set focusing on songs from his new release and other gems from his vast catalog of songs. You could say they sound like a million other bands but this is a truly original band that sounds all it's own with plenty of confidence and skill. With influences that range from The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty to Wilco or The Beatles it's all in there and more. To jump start the up coming release of their new CD they release single 'PERFECT' to local radio station NWCZ in March of 2011 with a fantastic response. And gathered over 1000 plays on Jango.com that same month. Look for the the release of 'Somewhere in the middle' on May 1st 2011 .