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Who we are!



RUSTY NAILS:  A local band that loves playing the songs we grew up on, Classic Rock.  New to the club scene in this configuration but yet seasoned vets to many bands and clubs through the years.  A great blend of knowledge and talent of the songs and music that we all love and continue to enjoy!  Rusty Nails are looking forward to many nights of playing for our current following and picking up more as we continue to move forward bringing the Rock & Roll !!  See you at the gigs !!!

Sue Ambrose -  Lead Vocals/Flute/Keyboard
Like many musicians, Sue's love of music started when she was young, inspired by musical parents - singing harmony with her mom's trained voice and having her dad's skilled piano accompaniment on her flute solos in grade school competitions. After years of playing at clubs and parties with several rock groups, she spent some time writing and recording originals but is thrilled to be back on the rock scene with the talented members of RNB.


Ed Elliott  -  Bass
Ed has played electric bass guitar and acoustic double bass in various jazz and rock bands in the Chicago area. An essentially self-taught musician, he has performed in jazz duos, trios, quartets and big bands at coffee houses, restaurants, clubs and the concert stage. Ed enjoys his role as the ”heartbeat” of the band and promises not to change keys unexpectedly as long as the guitar players are nice to him.

Anthony Izzo  -  Lead Vocals
Anthony has been involved with music since early on in his career.  He's performed in multiple bands in clubs throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.  Either as a drummer, guitarist and/or the lead singer.  He comes from a musical family.  He writes original songs and performs some of these in Rusty Nails.  His powerful, soulful lead vocals define the vocal sound of any band he's been in including Rusty Nails.  Anthony loves to play out and perform in front of a live audience.

Russ Jersey  -  Lead Guitar
Russ has a dislike for snow!  Yet was born and raised in Chicago.  He started playing guitar at age 14 and has played in several bands over the years at popular bars in the Chicagoland area.  His best gig was at Pierogifest in 2008.  His musical influences are the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Cream and Hendrix.  He has likes for dogs, mexican food & pizza.

Rick Simcox -  Lead Guitar/Vocals
Originally a West side Detroit native, Rick grew up influenced by the CKLW radio sounds of Motown, Detroit Rock & Roll, British Invasion, Folk & Country. “There was a lot of musicianship in the Hood then.”  ...and guitar became everything to Rick in 1977.  Over the last 37 years he has taken his musical journey living/playing in multicultural Hawaii then returning and working his craft in Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Europe and eventually making Chicago his home since 1997.  That’s when the Blues hit, in a good way!  Rick Simcox & The ToneQuesters hit the Chicago Blues scene and festivals in 2005 and released their studio/live blues CD, “Treat You Baby”, in 2009. A second solo CD release, “What We Are”, in 2011 focused on original material from Rick in collaboration with other musicians [including David Hidalgo – Los Lobos] covering the genres of Folk,Americana & Alternative Country. He is currently working on his third original release. 

As a longstanding guest artist for The Rusty Nails Band, Rick is excited to become a more integral component of the band with his guitar and vocals.  Additional influences include Ronnie Earl, Magic Sam, Sonny Landreth and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

“Who cares about the destination, nothing beats the ride along the way and the people in it.” Time to Rock [with some Blues, of course]!..............rick simcox

Bret Sher - Drums
I started playing the drums and taking lessons in 1969. I have participated in all school musical opportunities since the fifth grade. This means I have played in the many styles of music presented by participating in Concert Band, Orchestra, Musicals, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Dixieland, Swing choir, Marching Band, and Percussion Ensemble. I have been playing in Rock, Jazz, Ethnic, and professional jobbing bands since 1971. I was a member of the 566 A.F. Band for twenty years. I have been teaching private lessons, rehearsing marching band sections, giving clinics, directing percussion ensembles, and sectionals since 1980. I am currently teaching at several locations.  I have been the head of percussion studies at Oakton Community College since 1995.I played with The Rusty Nail’s bass player, Ed Elliott, some years back.  I started filling in with The Rusty Nails and eventually became their full time replacement and main drummer. Love playing and being part of this fun and talented band!