Ed Russakoff plays guitar and harmonica in Rustic Music Service. Ed is the resident songwriter in the band and lead vocalist. Rustic Music Service songs draw on American Roots styles such as blues, rockabilly and country. Ed’s interest in playing music dates to his early years in junior high school. Although music was one of his least favorite subjects at the time, his interest in music grew; especially Blues music. He had the opportunity to see many great artists perform while growing up in the Philadelphia area. Eventually, he started playing shows himself, mostly in bars, both as a soloist and in a variety of different bands. His music took him to many places around the world including Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1990, Ed returned to the US after an eight-year stint living in Copenhagen, which is around the time he formed the rockabilly band, The Rustics. He continues to play regularly, mostly on the home-front these days with Rustic Music Service and as a solo artist, too. In addition, Ed is the owner of Rustic Music, a guitar/record store which he started in Philadelphia in 1995.
Bernie Carville handles the bass and vocals in the band. For 29 years Bernie was the bassist & vocalist for the Philadelphia-based band, The Flamin’ Caucasians. You might remember them as the live house band for the Morning Zoo with John DeBella on 93.3FM WMMR in Philadelphia. Bernie backed artists that appeared on the Morning Zoo such as: Warren Zevon, Julian Lennon, Greg Allman, Little Feat, Flo & Eddie (The Turtles) and Donovan. Bernie was also a member of the house band on the ESPN TV Show, The Lighter Side of Sports with host, Jay Johnstone. He was part of the house band for the Jeff & Jeff Show on XL 102 FM in Richmond, VA doing live studio & remote work, backing such artists as Pat DiNunzio (The Smithereens) and Tom Cochran.
Scott Burgess is the percussionist/drummer in the band. Scotts brings the beat; which is rooted in Blues with heavy influences from Afro-Cuban, Latin and African Music to Jazz. Scott is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His work has been heard in over 200 theatrical productions, films, commercials, and other various multimedia projects.
Dr. Emmanuel Angel is a musician and researcher who has studied the personality characteristics and occupational stress of musicians. For the past few years, Angel has lived and traveled in Europe with his guitar, performing in venues and playing the streets. From the U-Bahn metro tunnels of Berlin to pedestrian streets of Copenhagen, Malmö, and Helsinki, he has performed and supported his travels using a battery-powered amplifier and a compact looping device. He has experienced freedom and autonomy in music making.
Coming from a family of classical musicians, Angel studied classical piano early. Although his main instrument is the guitar, he has also studied bassoon, performing in college and community orchestras. Angel studied counterpoint and composition analysis with the late composer, Nicolas Roussakis, former president of The American Composer’s Orchestra.