Rusty Farmer, bassist, is a native of Richmond, Virginia where he has been performing since his early teenage years. He continued to pursue his love of music while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. While at VCU, he studied with bassists Clarence Seay, Mark Bernat, Paul Langosch, Victor Dvoskin and Paul Bedell.
Rusty has had the privilege to perform with Jason Mraz, Stanley Jordan, Cyrus Chestnut, Romero Lubambo, Roderio Boccato, Adriano Santos, Nate Smith, Harry Allen, Rex Richardson, Bobby Reed, John D’Earth, Hod O’Brien, Royce Campbell, Skip Gailes, James “Saxsmo” Gates Jr., Bob Hallahan, Anthony Dowd, Howard Curtis, Tony Martucci, Steve Kessler, Robert Jospe, Stephanie Nakasian, Louis Ledford and Old School Freight Train. While attending VCU, Rusty and Kevin Harding were invited to perform at the Eighth Festival de Guitarra in Lima, Peru.
In 2006 Rusty joined Quatro na Bossa with whom he has performed five week-long engagements at Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Also in New York, Quatro na Bossa recorded “Summer Samba” for the Japanese label Venus Records in August, 2007.
Locally, he has performed in the musicals Blues in the Night, Mame, Into The Woods, Guys And Dolls and Red Hot and Cole at the Barksdale Theater and Beauty and the Beast, Annie, and The Wizard Of Oz with Theatre IV.
Rusty currently plays with Quatro na Bossa, Old Dominion Playboys, Miramar, the Jackie Frost Band, Gypsy Roots, Kip Williams and BopNation, John Conley Trio, Tommy Witten Trio, Mills Family Band, Emme St. James, and leads the Butterbean Jazz Quartet. You can see him perform with the worship band at Eternity Church on Sundays and the Butterbean Jazz Quartet every Sunday night at Bottom’s Up Pizza in Shockhoe Bottom.