Few musicians have had as varied a carrer, that has been filled with so many accomplishments, as A. J. Rubino.
Long known as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and sensitive interpreter of other artists' songs, "Fast A.J." has opened shows for, accompanied, and recorded with some of the most famous names in folk, bluegrass and country music and songs he has written have been performed and recorded by several major artists.
He began his performing career as a folk singer and guitarist, playing the Boston-New York-Philadelphia college and coffeehouse circuit and during this period he worked with the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jim Croce, Tim Hardin, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Linda Rondstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt. He spent several years as a lead guitarist for the legendary Jaime 'Titanic' Brockett, appearing at all the major folk clubs and festivals, including the Newport, Philadelphia and Mariposa Folk Festivals and was favorably reviewed in The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone.
During his Nashville period, as a pedal steel player and lead guitarist, he accompanied such country stars as Ferlin Husky, Yodelin' Kenny Roberts, Moe Bandy, Mel Street, Margo Smith, Dick Curless, Red Sovine, Barbie Benton, Freddy Fender, and Dave "SixDays on the Road" Dudley, and appeared on WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia, The Grand Olde Opry, and the Austin City Limits television show, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada
A.J. is widely respected as a session musician playing guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, dobro, 5-string banjo, harmonica, keyboards and the pedal steel guitar, and he has recorded with many of the previously mentioned artists, as well as with John Hartford, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Ricky Scaggs, J. Geils, and bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene, in all, has appeared in over 100 recordings.
His experience as a band member is extensive, as well. He was a founding member of the seminal Massachusetts based country-rock band, Clean Living. He was also a member of the bands; Boot Hill, The Outlaws, Great Speckled Bird, Handpicked, The Country Sounds, Telegraph Canyon, Wild Heart, and Pecos River, performing theater shows, fairs, and special events all over the country. He has recently returned, full circle, to performing folk music again, releasing his first solo CD, "The Road to Home" in 2005. He followed with "The Hard Way" in 2007, and his newest, Roots and Reasons" at the start of 2009.
A. J. and his accompanists, Shirley Van Kainen and Craig MacMaster, play an engaging mixture of mellow folk and country songs, with a few surprises thrown in, featuring his outstanding baritone voice, and, of course, sparkling instrumental work throughout.
Locally you may have seen A.J. perform at, The Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Exit Seven Players in Ludlow, Wilbraham Peach Festival in Wilbraham, The Belchertown Fair in Belchertown, and many, many more over the years.
For booking call A. J. Rubino (413) 782-5859