Hailing from Providence RI, Young Rust – the Ultimate Neil Young tribute experience was formed in late 2004 by longtime local original music scenesters Mike Gendron, Ryan Meehan, and Kevin Ferschke. Shortly thereafter, the band was joined by multi-instrumentalist John Winters on rhythm guitar and pedal steel. The band currently knows and can perform 60+ Neil Young songs, spanning Mr. Young’s musical career and still continues to learn selections from a 700+ song catalog of Neil’s music.
Since a teenager, Mike Gendron developed an instant connection to Neil Young’s music and art. It was Neil’s music that inspired him to go out and get an electric guitar at age 15. Since that time Mike has learned countless Neil Young songs, and finally discovered the opportunity to play these songs live when he met up with Ryan and Kevin. The group had an instant musical connection, and decided they should make the first known tribute band in Rhode Island dedicated to Neil Young. The band is glad they did, as they’ve developed new and lasting relationships with several venues in the RI and SE MA areas, who repeatedly book the band month after month.