Rusty Rierson (Rye-er-son) is a native of South-central, KS. (Leon) Growing up on the family farm he fell in love with agriculture and pursued the degree at Kansas State in Agricultural Economics. Rusty graduated in 2008 and then completed a masters degree in Animal Science from K-State as well in summer 2011. Rusty got into music when he was 14 years old. He started singing in church and soon it became a passion. He learned guitar when his father, Roger, suggested that they take lessons together. In 2005, Rierson won the state wide "YF&R talent find contest" hosted by Farm Bureau and performed at the Kansas State fair where he is annually invited back. In 2007 Rusty won the "Colgate Country Showdown" at the state level and placed in the top 15 nationally. He competed again at state in 2008, 2010, and 2011, before signing with his first record label.
Rusty has played all over the US (including Alaska). Rusty has toured abroad in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Scotland and in London. He often travels with the "Better Horses Radio Show" and has played rodeos, barrel races, and horse events all over the midwest, including at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 2009. Rusty has opened for and shared the stage and worked with artists such as Mo Pitney, Sawyer Brown, John Berry, Doug Stone, Michael Martin Murphy, Dustin Lynch, T. G. Sheppard, David Frizzell, R.W. Hampton, Johnny Lee, Bill Gentry, Leroy Van Dyke, Helen Cornelius, Billy Dean, Johnny Western, Love & Theft, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss, Radney Foster, Logan Mize, Jimmy Fortune, Craig Campbell, Joe Diffie, Maddie & Tae, Don Williams and many others.
Rierson always plays tribute to George Strait, Don Williams, and some of his other heroes, as well as his own music. Rierson says he hopes people will see his music as "a breath of fresh air". Rusty has produced 8 albums and 1 DVD. There are now more than 100,000 copies of his albums in print.
In 2012, Rusty released his single "Souvenirs", a project recorded in Nashville with producer Richie Owens. Owens has produced albums for acts like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Rachel Holder, and the Georgia Satellites. The song briefly charted on the Music Row Breakout Chart in the U.S. but went Number 1 for 4 straight weeks on Europe's Country Music Chart, and held off country superstar Toby Keith to the 2nd position the whole time. Rusty charted a couple other singles in following years; “Hey Hey Hello” and “Something Bout You”. In addition, he has released multiple Christmas singles to radio over the past few years including most recently his first duet release, a song with Kaylee Keller of Garden City, KS.
Rusty has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including The Shotgun Red Variety Show, Phil Mack International Country Show (on SKY TV), and on the last season of American Idol, Rierson made it to round 3 before being sent home. Rusty also hosts his own radio show, called " Rusty Radio" which airs on a few stations in Kansas as well as online with Better Horses Network. Its a somewhat humorous music show that is lighthearted and features a lot of classic country music as well as some of Rusty favorite modern artists. The show is sponsored by EZE-LATCH.com, McCurrybrothers.com, ElDoradoLivestock.com, and betterhorsesnetwork.com.