Northampton, Mass (WGGB) — In its day the ‘Rusty Nail’ off Route 47 in Sunderland was the music venue of record here in Western Mass.
Some of the greatest names in music performed there. Everybody from James Brown, to Bonnie Raitt, to Stevie Ray Vaughn.
And of course a host of great local bands like Fat and Clean Living.
The signature tobacco fields off Route 47 is where the Rusty Nail was located. On any given Saturday night more than 1000 people would jam into ‘The Nail’.
Even after the place was expanded in 1976, the place only had room for 600. Jack Dunn and his late brother Bill bought the club in 1973.
And while the Rusty Nail was best known for its big names, it was all the great local bands that gave the place its iconic place in local music.
“The first show I did was with Hall of Fame member John Lee Hooker,” said Jack Dunn. ” The last show I did was with Stevie Ray Vaughn. But inbetween there were a couple thousand nights of Fat and Clean Living, Firewater and Some of my Best Friends. There was Real Tears and Mitch. NRBQ. So it was a great experience for a lot of people … Not just me.”
Sunday at the Academy of Music in Northampton many of the great local bands who made headlines at the Rusty Nail will perform.
All remembering a great time on the Western Mass music scene.