Brian Risling & Airtight Alibi was born January of 2014. We play a mixture of original Funk, Rock, and Blues and also some cover material that has been alibi-tized. When we do a cover it is always in our style. The band has a very original and danceable twist. The band is fronted by multi-instrumentalist Brian Risling and rounded out by Adam Nelson on Bass Guitar and Damian Bugg on Drums.
Brian relocated to Ashland, Oregon in August of 2011 from Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the previous twenty years he played with many great bands from that area. The most recent group before the move was the legendary Lamont Cranston Blues Band. For four years Brian played with the Cranstons alongside front man Pat Hayes who is in Brian’s opinion the greatest harp player to ever live and also a phenominal guitar player and singer. Bruce McCabe playes amazing mind-blowing piano with the band. Bruce wrote Johnny Lang’s lie to me as well as many other tunes. Many times the band opened for national acts on huge stages.
Upon moving, a thought that had been brewing in Brian’s mind came to fruition. He decided to front a band of his own. After a couple of years of trying to find band mates with the “right fit”, Adam Nelson came on to the radar. In January Damian Bugg happened to come along. The “right fit” was achieved many times over with these two very fine quality musicians and people. The band makes a pretty big sound for a power trio. Brian plays guitar and sings lead as well as playing ripping sax and sometimes busts out keyboard leads on a melodica. Adam hits the get down on the bass and sings background vocals. Damian brings powerhouse drums to the mix as well as background vocals.
We all love to play and we love it even more when you dance. We like to play clubs, festivals, weddings, private parties, wineries, and anywhere else where the power of Funk, Rock, and Blues is needed.