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Local musician keeps rocking despite all odds

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) David Rude talks about his upcoming album which comes out in late February. He has already released three singles in anticipation of the new release.

Alpena, Mich. — Many different types of artists call the Sunrise Side home. One of those is Rock ‘n’ Roll Musician David Rude.

He’s been a musician his whole life, and he’s not letting any roadblocks get in his way.¬†Rude has enjoyed playing guitar and rock ‘n’ roll since he was kid.

“I’ve always been into music for as long as I can remember,” said Rude. “At the age of four or five, I would pick up a tennis racket, and the tennis racket was my guitar, and I would strum to it.”

The Alpena native has been busy preparing a new horror-punk rock album with the help of local musicians. This will be his third album as a solo artist. He draws influence from old horror films to create his music. It’s a niche musical scene in the punk category of rock.¬† He’s already released three singles entitled “Lucky Stars,” “Black Lagoon,” and “Bride of the Reanimator.

Rude’s music has been heard all over the world. His sounds have traveled online and to different radio stations, including stations in New York. His wife, Colleen, helps master all of his tracks and is one of his biggest supporters.

“Learning it and being able to put it forth and show something that I’ve done is really, really inspiring for me and probably my children,” said Colleen Rude.

Many people do not know that David has been living with two autoimmune conditions for 20 years. Rude has been on disability which has given him time to pursue his passion in music. The United States Army Veteran has had to undergo surgeries and infusions due to his health problems, but that hasn’t dampened his spirits.

“I’d like to look at life in a more positive way,” said David Rude. “I’d say “yeah, I’m sick, but whatever, that doesn’t define me,” I can rise above that and just make the best of what I’ve got with the cards that I’ve been dealt.”

David has just enough fuel to continue to perfect his craft and do what he loves.

“I just start writing songs, get up in the morning, pour coffee, start working on a song, and that’s it,” said Rude. “I don’t take my gifts to my grave, and every year, I’ve got to write these songs and put out these CDs, and it’s a beautiful thing.”

Rude also plays in a few local bands around town. You can catch him and the North Country Burnouts at the Black Sheep on Saturday night. Catch his new album towards the end of February. For more updates on the musician, visit his Facebook page David Rude.