For Kelly, it's a matter of "Shape & Destroy"
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For Kelly, it's a matter of "Shape & Destroy"

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Ruston Kelly announced today he would release a new album, "Shape & Destroy," on Aug. 28 on Rounder Records.

Kelly debuted a new song and video, "Rubber," today.

Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, "Shape & Destroy" documents Kelly's journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past

Kelley said, "Making this record definitely taught me that I don't want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it's completely theirs."

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly's father, Tim "TK" Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and his wife, Kacey Musgraves, on background vocals.

Kelly released his full-length debut album, "Dying Star," in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the disc focused on some of Kelly's past issues with substance abuse as well.

He put out "Dirt Emo Vol. 1" this past fall, a project consisting of eight new covers of his favorite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional's "Screaming Infidelities" featuring the band's lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag," The Carter Family's "Weeping Willow" and Taylor Swift's "All Too Well."

The track list is:
1. In The Blue
2. Radio Cloud
3. Alive
4. Changes
5. Mid-Morning Lament
6. Brave
7. Clean
8. Rubber
9. Jubilee
10. Closest Thing
11. Pressure
12. Under The Sun
13. Hallelujah Anyway


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CD review - Dirt Emo Vol. 1 Do we really need an Americana artist's version of emo songs? Well, Ruston Kelly seems to think so. If you've ever wanted to hear unplugged versions of Wheatus, Dashboard Confessional and Saves The Day songs, "Dirt Emo vol. 1" is your big chance. It's not all emo, however. Kelly does a fine job with the Carter Family's "Weeping Willow." He gives it a darkly moody reading, which makes the recording fit right in with the rest of this sadly morose eight-song collection. ...
CD review - Dying Star There is a certain joy that comes from listening to a debut album and discovering, track by track, the arrival of a bright new talent. It's not a wet-behind-the-ears singer with a batch of anonymous songs, hoping to get radio airplay. Rather, it's someone with an already-established vision and a clear voice. Ruston Kelly's "Dying Star" may have a few too many cuss words to get the airplay it deserves, but it should be considered as one of the best debuts of the year. ...


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