Rusty Crownover, guitar & vocals

Rusty Crownover - Guitars and Vocals One of Rusty's earliest memories is of sitting in a little chair at home in Abilene with his dad's Arthur Godfrey-style ukulele across his lap, playing 'It Ain't Gonna Rain No More No More'. He and one of his dad's two ukes (one of which Rusty still has) were constant companions until, at age 10, he got his first guitar via mail order. Much to his relief, he discovered that the 4 bottom strings were the same as the ukelele's, and that he simply had to figure out what to do with the 2 new top strings. After almost 50 years he's about got it.

During junior high and high school in Stamford, Rusty led Helium Bubble (a combo ... 'band' in today's parlance), The Livelihood (folk trio), and Tottel's Miscellany\" (folk sextet), at times simultaneously. He also sang bass in the church and school choirs. Shortly after his arrival at North Texas State in Denton, he joined a Christian folk-rock band that operated under the auspices of Youth For Christ, a national, interdenominational high school outreach program.

Following marriage to Linda (high-school honey), and graduation, Rusty and Linda moved to Austin in '74 where he went to work as a singing waiter at the Country Dinner Playhouse. When the playhouse shut its doors in '76, he began playing professionally around Texas with future Ebenezers Bob and Lane in the band Audrey's Choir. Rusty got a real job in '78 when he and Linda decided to become parents. Other than for their kids Drew and Cory (who weren't a very good audience) Rusty didn't perform much beyond his participation in church choirs until they moved to Weatherford in '86.

Rusty and his family joined Grace First Presbyterian immediately upon arrival to Weatherford, where, in the tenor section, sat Dave Deison, with whom Rusty quickly formed a great friendship and the duo Ebenezer. Rusty and Dave wrote, played and sang all over north Texas in churches, coffee houses, civic events, restaurants, and private parties for 20 years, which, even though in a different configuration, is exactly what Ebenezer does today.