Release Date: Sep 7, 2018
Record label: Rounder
Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Contemporary Country
Ruston Kelly doesn't stick in any one spot on Dying Star, his debut album. Perhaps Ryan Adams is his lodestar -- "Mockingbird" doesn't merely sound like something straight off of Heartbreaker, it contains a knowing nod to former Adams paramour Parker Posey -- but Kelly isn't a po-faced Americana singer/songwriter who is consumed with authenticity. "Son of a Highway Daughter" finds him harmonizing with a vocoder-ized version of himself, "Anchors" is accentuated with keyboards and steel guitar that veer toward the psychedelic, and "Dying Star" borrows from classic soul rhythms.