The Rustlers burst onto the scene almost a decade ago with the release of their 'Broken Pieces' CD, launched at the Riverland Music Festival, Barmera in South Australia.

They play a selection of Country and Country Rock with excitement and originality. Great harmonies and lively guitar playing make The Rustlers a refreshing mix added to the Australian Country Music scene. Their ever growing catalogue of original music is usually penned by the bands main songwriters Garry and John. Gary provides the country pop hooks while John is "a technical genius as a composer and performer of great lead riffs".

Seasoned performers they have played at numerous festivals and events including:

  • Victor Harbor 2010 Rock and Roll Rendezvous with Normie Rowe
  • Community CPS Australia 2008 and 2009 New Years Eve Celebrations
  • Premier Mike Rann's 2007 Awards Evening supporting six-time Grammy Award winner José Feliciano
  • Birdwood Country Music Bash 2006 with James Blundell
  • 2006 South Australian Council for Country Music Showcase
  • Channel Seven Adelaide, playing to over 50,000
  • The 2006 and 2007 Clipsal 500 After Race Concert to a crowd of 40,000.

Gary Burrows - vocals / rhythm guitar / songwriting

[B]John Murphy - [/B]lead guitar / vocals / songwriting

[B]Garry Cailes - [/B]drums / percussion / vocals

[B]Derek Manning -[/B] bass guitar / harmonica / vocals

Apart from being musically proficient, the individual members have contrasting personalities which makes for a lot of fun onstage. Footstomping, dancing, whistling, and screaming are a common occurrence at their performances by audiences exhibiting symptoms of what some people have described as ‘rustler-mania’!

The band cites their music influences to include The Beatles, Del Shannon, Travelling Wilburys, Hank Williams, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elvis and Chad Morgan.