Motherlode is comprised of two vocalists, Art Alyea and Rusty May, both of whom are talented multi-instrumentalists. At times, their show features up to twelve instruments on stage between the two musicians. Their repertoire is diverse, encompassing a wide variety of styles.

Motherlode's full sound is augmented with background tracks on mini-disc which are produced and recorded by Art and Rusty in their studio, the Cockpit.

Motherlode has performed throughout Western Canada for a variety of audiences and as a dance band. Rusty and Art appeared on CBC's True North Concert filmed in Whitehorse, Yukon in March, 1994.

In September, 1995 Rusty and Art wrote and recorded the theme music for CBC's Northbeat. They produced and recorded all of the music for the show in their studio, the Cockpit.

Motherlode currently has two albums available: "Grinding the Hills" and "More Hills to Grind."

Art Alyea

Art's musical career began in 1979. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is accomplished on piano, pedal-steel guitar, accordion, guitar, banjo, bass and drums. Art's interest in music began at the age of six with his father's guitar.

While based in Winnipeg as a member of the Harvey Henry Band, Art had the opportunity to open for Ricky Scaggs and Rodney Crowell. He has also played for George Strait, Shelly West, Ian Tyson and Johnny Lee at the Manitoba Association of Country Arts Awards.

Throughout his career, Art has done a great deal of studio work for other artists, commercial jingles and CBC radio shows. In 1985 he set up a small studio in Winnipeg in which he produced and engineered his own instrumental album, "Artwork", his father's album and various other projects and singles. In 1989 Art relocated to Calgary, renamed the studio The Cockpit and continued to produce projects for other artists. Currently, Art resides in Carcross, Yukon, and The Cockpit is where he produces all the tracks used by Motherlode.

Rusty May

Rusty's musical career began in 1977. She is a multi-instrumentalist who is accomplished on fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, guitar and viola. Rusty's interest in music began at the age of three with Suzuki violin lessons.

While based in Louisville, Kentucky, she was a member of NoZmo King, an innovative swing-grass duo. She was featured on a Pops Concert along with Roy Clark in Galesburg, Illinois. Rusty also opened for the Statler Brothers in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as a member of the Lisa Childress Band.

Throughout her career, Rusty has done a great deal of studio work for other artists. In 1987 Rusty relocated to Calgary where she produced her own instrumental album, "Lumpy Gravy". Rusty has resided in the Yukon since 1989. She became the Yukon fiddle champion in 1992, and was a featured performer at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse that same year. Rusty was featured on CBC's True North Concert in Yellowknife in 1992, and again in Whitehorse in 1994.

Motherlode Music


Grindin the Hills (Motherlode)
Early Morning Rain
Diggy Diggy Li
Run Me Down
Dill Pickle Rag
Love Someone Like Me
I Would Like to See You Again
Walking After Midnight
Past the Point of Rescue
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
If Love Was a Train
One Promise Too Late
Devil Went Down to Carcross

Highways Run Forever (Motherlode)
Walk On
Roll On Big Mama
The Lady Takes the Cowboy
Give Me 40 Acres
18 Wheels (and a Dozen Roses)
Highways Run Forever
Real Man
Cotton Patch Rag
Country Roads
West of Crazy
Route 66


Artwork (Art Alyea, pedal steel)
I Love How You Love Me
El Coumbanchero
Amarillo by Morning
Kansas City Lights
After the Glitter Fades
American Trilogy
That's All
O Canada
I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me

Lumpy Gravy (Rusty May, fiddle)
Pickin' Out the Devil's Eyes
Devil's Dream
Chancellor's Waltz
Draggin' the Bow
June Apple
Faded Love
Lumpy Gravy
Kid on the Mountain
Raggedy Ann
Gardenia Waltz
Back Up and Push
Joy of My Life / Moon Coin Jig
White Pace Reel
Jenny Lind
Beaumont Rag

Samples of Their Sound

Selection from Lumpy Gravy (.au, 458K, 8-bit Mulaw)

Selection from Grinding the Hills (.au, 506K, 8-bit Mulaw)

Selection from Artwork (.au, 473K, 8-bit Mulaw)

Selection from Highways Run Forever (.au, 521K, 8-bit Mulaw)

To Order...

Tapes are $10 each plus $5 per order shipping and handling (Canadian funds). Order by title and specify quantity. Please send cheque or money order to:

Motherlode Music
P.O. Box 4031
918 - 16th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2M 0K3

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