usty Williams is a fake name. But so what? The musical project came to life over years of writing songs that didn’t quite fit in. 2018 saw the first solo shows played, trying out new sounds and new songs. Landing somewhere in between folk song structures, rock n’ roll dynamics, and modern songwriting, Rusty Williams plays a take on the ever-evolving sound of Americana music.
Rusty is a pseudonym for local Hartford musician Ryan Loftus. The origins of the name relate back to a narcoleptic dachshund and stuck ever since, the way nicknames tend to. Under this guise, the debut album Ambit was released in December 2017. Started from late night acoustic musings, the album grew organically into larger arrangements with the help of a dozen or so local musicians and friends.