HOME GAME Justin Rutledge plays as part of the Horseshoe 60th anniversary week, Saturday (December 8). $18, advance $15. 416-870-8000. Also as part of the Art of Time Ensemble at Harbourfront Centre, December 14 and 15. $36, stu/srs $25. 416-973-4000.
NICKNAMES Justin Rutledgeberg, J-Rut, Ruttles, Dusty, Rutty, JR....
POSITION Acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo, vocals
TEAM MEMBERS David Baxter (electric guitar), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Bazil Donovan (bass), Bob Packwood (piano, organ), Blake Manning (drums)
LEAGUE Country music not made on an assembly line
ROOKIE YEAR First band was a nameless hiphop band. First gig was at the Christmas variety show in high school.
STATS No Never Alone (2004); The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006); Man Descending (coming in 2008); NOW's best songwriter (2006); Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Edmonton Folk Festival (2007)
SPECIAL TALENTS Makes pies for the beloved Dakota Tavern.