For Ohio born Rick Rutti, music has always been in his life in one form or another, and has proved to be a lifelong passion that has culminated into a labor of love with the release of his debut CD, Dark Corners.
The roots of Rutti’s love of music firmly took hold in his teen years. At the age of 14, he began taking his interest in music into the arena of playing in a rock n’ roll band, and soon branched out into taking the stage in a variety of musical theater productions, like Jesus Christ Superstar, during his formative high school years.
The rhythms of life carried him along to seek sunnier pastures, and Rutti ended up in San Diego, CA., where he began parlaying his musical theater prowess from his high school days into appearances in Tommy and Hair, to name but a few, at Southwestern College.
The tickling of the ivories became a way to further make a name for himself, as Rutti securing steady gigs at venues, such as the renowned Humphrey’s By The Bay. And, he also began a stint doing commercial work. But Rutti was looking for an avenue where he could create music from the emotions that were swirling around inside of him, and needed a creative release. By taking pen to paper at the age of 21, Rutti drew from a wellspring of influences, chief among them Elton John, Billy Joel and Eric Carmen as his songwriting inspirations. Yet he maintained his own unique style of laying down tracks about the feelings that were yearning to be expressed with music. This form of expression is clearly and deftly illustrated in songs like, “Take all the love that finds me” from Dark Corners.