Ruston Kelly Announces New Album, Tour For Fall

Ruston Kelly’s debut album, Dying Star, will be released Sept. 7 on Rounder Records, with the album’s lead track, “Jericho,” premiering today.

Dying Star was co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. It includes 14 songs written/co-written by Kelly and features Jarrad K, Tim Kelly, Ian Fitchuk, Eli Beaird and Kyle Ryan, as well as backing vocals from Jon Green, Natalie Hemby, Kacey Musgraves, Kate York, Abby Sevigny and Joy Williams.

“A lot of my music is focused on suffering, or trying to understand the human condition through the lens of suffering…which probably sounds totally depressing, but it’s actually the flipside of that,” admits Kelly. “Sometimes you’ve gotta go into that darkness—you need to get lost and then figure out for yourself how to find your way back. That’s the only way we can find pure joy, and really be thankful for the life we’ve been given.”

In support of the new project, Kelly will embark on a headline tour this fall with stops in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more.

DYING STAR Track List:
1.     Cover My Tracks (written by Ruston Kelly, Jarrad K)
2.     Mockingbird (written by Ruston Kelly)
3.     Son Of A Highway Daughter (written by Ruston Kelly)
4.     Paratrooper’s Battle Cry (written by Ruston Kelly)
5.     Faceplant (written by Ruston Kelly, Jarrad K, Brendan Benson)
6.     Blackout (written by Ruston Kelly, Jarrad K, Joy Williams)
7.     Big Brown Bus (written by Ruston Kelly)
8.     Mercury (written by Ruston Kelly)
9.     Anchors (written by Ruston Kelly, Jarrad K)
10.  Just For The Record (written by Ruston Kelly, Jarrad K, Lucie Silvas)
11.  Trying To Let Her (written by Ruston Kelly, Joe Leathers, Kyle Jacobs)
12.  Jericho (written by Ruston Kelly, Joy Williams, Natalie Hemby)
13.  Dying Star (written by Ruston Kelly)
14.  Brightly Burst Into The Air (written by Ruston Kelly)


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