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Rusted Root adjusts to audience changes

of the Oakland Press

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Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root has been together for 22 years at this point, with everything from a platinum major label debut album (“When I Woke” in 1994) to its latest album, “Stereo Rodeo,” an independent release from 2009 that was Rusted Root’s first new album in seven years.

And frontman Michael Glabicki is quick to note that things are considerably different in the music industry now than when the band started.

“There’s a lot more work you have to do these days,” Glabicki, 41, explains. “You’ve got all these other jobs of making videos for the Web, talking to fans, all this stuff you’ve got to do nowadays. You can’t be as aloof anymore.

“I’m getting used to it.”

Glabicki — who’s working on a new solo album as well as the next Rusted Root set — is quick to note that he’s “not a fan of the Internet,” which he says is because of his dedication to live performance as the preferred medium for his music.

“I don’t think there’s any more connection really happening with fans,” he notes. “Back in the day there was more focus on the live experience, a more active culture involved in the show. We would have people bring food and hang out and we’d talk with our fans. It was more of a community thing.

“And I think right now, with the Web, I feel like it’s almost taken away from the live culture. Some people are showing up at shows almost like they show up at a website and just interact in a different way. It’s hard to describe, but I think if you went back and took a picture of what was happening, say, in 1990 and what happens at a show now, it’s very different — and not necessarily better.”

Rusted Root performs Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.25. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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