“Big Brown Bus” is the latest song unveiled from Kelly’s highly anticipated full-length debut album, Dying Star, which was released September 7 on Rounder Records.
Additionally, Kelly was recently selected as one of NPR Music’s 2018 Slingshot Artists, a collection of exceptional up-and-coming artists chosen by public radio stations across the country. NPR Music praises, “Damn, is he good…Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.”
In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Mockingbird,” recently premiered across Viacom platforms in an unprecedented partnership between CMT Music, MTVU and MTV Live.
Dying Star was co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It includes 14 songs written/co-written by Kelly and features Kelly (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, xylophone, harmonica), Jarrad K (12-string guitar, background vocals, electric guitar, Rhodes), Tim Kelly (pedal steel), Ian Fitchuk (piano, organ, drums, percussion), Eli Beaird (bass) and Kyle Ryan (banjo) as well as background vocals from Jon Green, Natalie Hemby, Kacey Musgraves, Kate York, Abby Sevigny and Joy Williams.
Of the album, Kelly comments, “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. 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 album, Kelly will embark on a headline tour through the US, before a UK run this winter. Tickets are on-sale now. See below for complete details
RUSTON KELLY UK TOUR DATES
September 17—London, U.K—The Slaughtered Lamb
November 21—Bath, U.K. —Komedia†
November 22—Brighton, U.K.—Patterns†
November 24—Exeter, U.K. —The Phoenix†
November 26—Norwich, U.K. —Norwich Arts Centre†
November 27—Ramsgate, U.K. —Ramsgate Music Hall†
November 28—London, U.K. —Islington Assembly Hall†
November 30—Cardiff, U.K. —The Globe†
December 1—Liverpool, U.K. —Arts Club Upstairs†
December 3—Newcastle, U.K. —The Riverside†
December 4—Edinburgh, U.K. —The Caves†
December 5—Birmingham, U.K. —Institute2†
†with support from The Wandering Hearts