Lunchbox Deacon AKA Timothy Tyson Ruttenber

Vocals

Born: 1951

Died: April 19, 1992

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Deacon Lunchbox, 41, A Performance Artist

Published: April 22, 1992

Timothy Tyson Ruttenber, a songwriter, poet and performance artist who used the stage name Deacon Lunchbox, died on Sunday in an automobile collision near Greenville, Ala. He was 41 years old and lived in Atlanta.

Mr. Ruttenber had performed on Saturday night in Pensacola, Fla., with the Atlanta-based rock group Jody Grind. Two members of the group -- the bassist, Robert Hayes, 24, and the drummer, Rob Clayton, 22 -- were also killed in the collision. A spokesman for the State Police in Evergreen, Ala., said that the accident was still under investigation.

Mr. Ruttenber, a construction worker by day, was well known in the Atlanta area for his flamboyant spoken-word performances. A collection of his monologues, "Some Different Kinds of Songs," was published by Drury Lane, and he had released a cassette, "Rantin' 'n' Railin'," independently. Last year he appeared in "Words in Your Face," a PBS documentary about spoken-word performers.

He is survived by two brothers, James, of Boulder, Colo., and Jeff, of Bradenton, Fla.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/22/obituaries/deacon-lunchbox-41-a-performance-artist.html


Deacon Lunchbox was the stage name of Atlanta performance artist and poet Timothy Tyson Ruttenber (1950-April 19, 1992). Ruttenber, a construction worker by day, was popular in the Atlanta area for his flamboyant spoken-word performances. He often punctuated each line of his poems by banging an old torpedo casing or metal bucket with a hammer. His onstage props included a chainsaw, and often a bra was part of his costume.

Deacon is credited with giving the Atlanta alternative country music scene its name - the Redneck Underground. Bubbapalooza, named and led by the late Gregory Dean Smalley, is an annual Redneck Underground festival at Atlanta’s Star Community Bar in Little Five Points, a three-night showcase for the Redneck Underground.

Ruttenber died in an auto accident, along with two members of the Atlanta group The Jody Grind (drummer, Rob Clayton, and their bassist, Robert Hayes). The three were riding in a rented cargo van in Montgomery, Alabama, at the time of the accident, when a drunk driver crossed the I-65 median and struck them head-on.

He appeared in Words in Your Face, a PBS documentary about spoken-word performers.

Film Appearances:

Alive from Off Center - Words in Your Face (1991) PBS TV Episode

Benjamin Smoke (2000)

Coffeehouse: Atlanta's Underground Poets (1992) Documentary of Atlanta's Spoken Word scene, containing the last interview with Deacon Lunchbox

Crash Course in Brain Sodomy (1990) by Kreg Thornley and Brett Lewis. Cameo appearance

Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deacon-Lunchbox/10953323907277 (must be logged into Facebook to view)

Recordings

Rantin' 'n' Railin' (1990)

An Evening with the Garbageman and Deacon Lunchbox January 24, 1989 (WREK: The Underground Recordings)

The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums (1992)

More at: http://rre.net/Deacon/

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