Rusty McDonald began his career in the early 1940s. At that time he was to be heard about the radio station KRLD in Dallas, Texas. McDonald spent most of his career playing in the rough Honky Tonks. His friend, the guitarist Spud Goodall, remembered him as follows: "A good guitar player, and one of the best singers. But it was a good thing. I was with the Tex Ritter (c.1948). He called me and said, 'Hey, I need some work bad.' I said OK. Tex liked him, too. "I'm going back to Oklahoma." "I'm going back to Oklahoma." Rusty, Charlie Harris (2), Troy Passmore. They were more comfortable in the joints."This is one of the reasons why McDonald never brought it to a national career.
But as early as 1951 McDonalds had left The Texas Playboys again and entered the bars and pubs of Texas. In the period between 1951 and 1955 he was also often in the area of Los Angeles. He first recorded his first solo album in 1952 for Intro Records. You Got The Right Number / Call Operator 210. In 1955 McDonalds held a session for Chesterfield Records on the west coast. These titles differed from his usual Honky-Tonk sound; Accompanied by the Maxwell Davis band, McDonalds ventured into the field of rock and roll.
After this single missed again the charts, he returned to the country and appeared in different locations. There followed another record for Coast Records. From his performances in the 1960s at the Southern Club in Lawton, Oklahoma, some recordings were also made. In 1967, he recorded an album for Austin Custom Records in Austin, Texas.
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys 1950
Maxwell Davis's band 1954-55