Rushad Eggleston

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Rushad Eggleston
Background information
Also known as Cello Goblin
Born September 1979
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments cello
Associated acts Tornado Rider, Crooked Still, The Wild Band of Snee, The Butt Wizards, Fiddlers 4, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings

Rushad Eggleston (born September 1979) is an improvisational cellist and singer.[1]

Eggleston, a graduate of Carmel High School in Carmel, California, United States,[2] played the cello as a member of the Youth Music Monterey orchestra in Monterey Bay. Later he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, after having won a full scholarship in a competition. There Eggleston studied cello with Associate Professor Eugene Friesen and graduated in May 2003.

After releasing a small-press album called Nico and Rushad in 1999 (with fellow musician Nico Georis), Eggleston made his large-scale recording debut with his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4, which was nominated for a 2002 Grammy, as well as with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, bringing him to national prominence. Eggleston has toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Fiddler's 4, and the alternative folk/bluegrass group he helped found, Crooked Still.[3] Crooked Still released two CDs with Eggleston, one in 2004 and the second in 2006. Eggleston also released a more experimental album named Playhouse of the Universe July 10, 2006 with The Wild Band of Snee, as well as the album, Rushad Eggleston and The Butt Wizards. Eggleston left Crooked Still in November 2007.

Eggleston has been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps and conferences from 2001 to 2007, as well as at Mike Block's String Camp in 2012 and 2013.[4] He has also taught Cello at Maine Fiddle Camp at camp NEOFA.

Eggleston released his first full-length solo album, titled The Rushad Eggleston Show, in September 2013. This was followed by Very Advanced Song Machine in 2015.[5]

In 2015, Eggleston did a brief tour featuring duet concerts with classical guitarist Beppe Gambetta.[6]

Tornado Rider[edit]

Eggleston now leads, produces, and tours nationally with the band, Tornado Rider, based in Oakland, CA. The band features Eggleston on electric cello and lead vocal, Graham Terry on electric bass and backup vocals, and Scott Manke on drums and backup vocals. Tornado Rider has played at such venues as The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, California, SpringFest, Burning Man, and Magnolia Festival.[7]


  1. ^ Alden, Grant; Blackstock, Peter (October 1, 2008). No Depression No. 76: Surveying the Past, Present, and Future of American Music. University of Texas Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-292-71928-6. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Folsom, Kate (6 March 2003). "Carmel High grad Rushad Eggleston chats about his cello and his Grammy nomination". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Goodwin, Jeremy D. (13 September 2013). "Cellist Rushad Eggleston pioneers his own world". Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mike Block String Camp (Vero Beach, FL) Faculty". 
  5. ^ "Very Advanced Song Machine". Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Zaretsky, Mark (12 March 2015). "Beppe Gambetta-Rushad Eggleston light up Branford Folk Music show". New Haven Register. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Magnolia Festival

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