Wessington Springs’ Historic 1905 Opera House hosts Rusty Rierson, A True Country Artist on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. The concert is a free will offering to support upkeep and maintenance of the Opera House. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.  

Rierson is a true “cowboy” singer. Growing up on a ranch in his native Kansas he learned to rope and ride as well as sing and write country and gospel music. He is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his budding music career with the release of a new album titled “Souvenirs” along with the project’s first single “Souvenirs.” 

Rusty tours regularly throughout the US inclusive of Alaska and has toured internationally in Central America, Mexico and the United Kingdom. He is a regular on the “Better Horses Radio Show” and plays rodeo, barrel races and horse events in support of the show, which has included performances at the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas. Rusty also hosts his own radio show “Rusty Radio” which is based out of Wichita, KS and sponsored by Mid America Ag Network. The show features comedy and a mix of country and gospel music and currently reaches parts of five states.

Rusty is from South-central Kansas. He grew up on his family’s farm and, according to his bio, he ‘fell in love with agriculture.’ He got a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State, and a masters degree in Animal Science.  He won a state-wide talent contest, which was hosted by Farm Bureau, and performed at the Kansas State Fair.  In fact, he is invited back to perform at that fair every year since his first appearance in 2007.

His list of entertainment credits continues to grow, as he has played all over the U.S., including Alaska, and he has planed in many countries, including Canada, Mexico, Scotland and England. Rusty has shared the stage with artists such as Sawyer Brown, John Berry, Doug Stone, Michael Martin Murphey, Dustin Lynch, T.G. Sheppard, David Frizzell, Joe Diffie, Craig Campbell, Don Williams and many others.