After being celebrated for more than a decade for its consistently riveting live show, Rusted Root is releasing its first live album, a two-disc set featuring the new songs "Jack Kerouac," "Ecstatic Drums" and a cover of Neil Young's "Powderfinger."

Rusted Root Live will be released November 16th on the band's Touchy Pegg/DKE Records and features 22 songs that span the group's more than 12-year-old career, ranging from such early faves-turned live staples as "Cruel Sun," "Ecstasy," "Martyr," "Cat Turned Blue" and the hit single "Send Me On My Way" (all from 1992's Cruel Sun) to the pretty "Blue Diamonds" and the rousing title track from the band's last studio effort, 2002's Welcome To My Party.

The band's sixth album, Rusted Root Live is the second album on its Touchy Pegg label, following the re-release of Cruel Sun in 2003, after a long tenure with Mercury/Island Def Jam.

Formed in Pittsburgh by frontman Michael Glabicki in the early '90s, Rusted Root's polyrhythmic style quickly charmed fans of roots music and jam rock. But clubgoers weren't the only ones left smitten by the sextet's impressively diverse chops and soaring vocals.

The band has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and continues to tour heavily, averaging roughly 125 shows per year.

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[Published on: 11/9/04]

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