Rushad Eggleston (born September 1979) is a contemporary improvisational cellist.
Eggleston, a graduate of Carmel High School in Carmel, California, United States, played the cello as a member of the Youth Music Monterey orchestra in Monterey Bay. Later he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, after having won a full scholarship in a competition. There Eggleston studied cello with Associate Professor Eugene Friesen and graduated in May 2003.
After releasing a small-press album called Nico and Rushad in 1999 (with fellow musician Nico Georis), Eggleston made his large-scale recording debut with his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4 which was nominated for a 2002 Grammy, as well as with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, bringing him to national prominence. Eggleston has toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, Fiddler's 4, and the alternative folk/bluegrass group he helped found, Crooked Still. Crooked Still released two CD with Eggleston, one in 2004 and the second in 2006. Eggleston also released a more experimental album named "Playhouse of the Universe" July 10, 2006 with The Wild Band of Snee, as well as another of his goofier albums, Rushad Eggleston and The Butt Wizards. Eggleston left Crooked Still in November 2007.
Eggleston has been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's fiddle camps and conferences from 2001 to 2007, as well as at Mike Block's String Camp in 2012 and 2013. He has also taught Cello at Maine Fiddle Camp at camp NEOFA.
Eggleston released his first full-length solo album, titled "The Rushad Eggleston Show", in September 2013.
Eggleston now leads, produces, and tours nationally with band, Tornado Rider, based in Oakland, CA. Members include Rushad Eggleston on electric cello and lead vocal, Graham Terry on electric bass and backup vocals, and Scott Manke on drums and backup vocals. Tornado Rider has played at such venues as The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, California, SpringFest, Burning Man, and Magnolia Festival.