Zero Mile Presents
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Ruston Kelly’s highly anticipated full-length debut, Dying Star, will be released September 7 on Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. In advance of the release, the album’s lead track, “Jericho,” is premiering today.
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/cowritten 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.”
The release of Dying Star follows a breakout year for the Nashville-based artist, whose debut EP, Halloween, was released last April to widespread acclaim. Of the music, Rolling Stone praised, “…shows a powerful grasp on storytelling gleaned from his love of the Carter Family and Townes Van Zandt, but also a more ragged rock & roll soul: it’s Americana, if your Americana is Bruce Springsteen with an acoustic guitar, sung by someone who spins a little heavy metal too,” while the HuffPost declared, “simultaneously current and effortlessly timeless.”
Born in South Carolina, Kelly started playing guitar under the guidance of his dad, Tim “TK” Kelly, a pedal steel guitarist who now performs in his band. Since his father worked for a paper mill and often changed job locations, Kelly grew up frequently moving, living everywhere from Alabama to Belgium, including time in Michigan— where the young one-time figure skater went to train with an Olympic coach in the hope of furthering his career, and where he first began writing songs. At 17, he moved to Nashville to live with his sister and went on to land a publishing deal with BMG Nashville, placing songs with several high-profile artists.
You’ll rarely see Carly Burruss without boots and a bandana tied around her neck. Her sassy but sweet music is a taste of old-school country with wit, humor and grit. Her debut, self-titled album features catchy commentary on stubborn joy, female independence, strong faith and big hair.
Carly currently is touring the Southeast and has appeared onstage with Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Keith Urban, Ellie Holcomb, Old 97’s, The Band of Heathens, Sam Bush, and Will Hoge.
In 2017, she co-wrote the song “Puttin’ on a Show” and it reached No. 1 for Cassidy Rae Gaiter in Australia. She played the pre-game show for the Atlanta Braves and was runner-up in the country songwriting category of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
When she’s not touring, Carly travels between Nashville and Atlanta writing music, and leads worship at Passion City Church, a congregation that gathers thousands of believers in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
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