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Kelly has "Weeping Willow" covered

Friday, August 2, 2019 – Ruston Kelly debuts a new cover of The Carter Family's "Weeping Willow" today.

Recorded at the Carter's own family home in Virginia, Kelly's rendition is released in honor of the song's 92nd anniversary (originally released Aug. 2, 1927 under the title "Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow").

"To say I've been influenced by the Carter Family is an understatement," Kelly said. "When I first heard their 1927 recordings - considered the 'Big Bang' of country, folk and Americana music - I was changed forever. Maybelle Carter remains one of my greatest musical influences. Recently, her grandson and my good friend, John Carter Cash, encouraged me to take some alone time out at his 'grandparent's place' in Virginia. He was of course referring to the house the Carters lived in in the '40s and that Johnny Cash and June Carter ended up keeping in their family."

"Tucked deep into Poor Valley, on the side of Clinch Mountain, I spent a week in solitude, playing guitar by the creek, walking barefoot on the same worn paths these heroes of mine had. I went there on a personal Mecca and I left profoundly moved and grateful for the peace and spirit that family instilled there. On a stormy night in their living room, I started recording this song. It was recorded by the Carter Family 92 years ago, and I'm proud to share my take on such an impactful piece of music history."

Kelly released his debut album, "Dying Star," last fall on Rounder Records. Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the CD features 14 new songs written/co-written by Kelly.

The singer, who played at the Newport Folk Festival last Saturday, is also on a headlining tour.
Aug. 3 - Chicago - Lollapalooza
Aug. 3 - Chicago - Vic Theatre*
Aug. 4 - St. Charles, IA - Hinterland
Aug. 9 - Fishers, IN - Nickel Plate District Amphitheater **
Aug. 10 - Lexington, KY - Railbird Festival
Aug. 22-23 - Tonder, Denmark - Tonder Festival
Aug. 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Once In A Blue Moon Festival
Sept. 1 - Copper Mountain, CO - Copper Country Music Festival
Sept. 18 - Chattanooga, TN - Songbirds South Stage &
Sept. 19 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre &
Sept. 20 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West &
Sept. 20-22 - Bristol, TN - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Sept. 26 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater &
Sept. 27 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall &
Sept. 28 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn &
Oct. 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour & (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour &
Oct. 3 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent &
Oct. 4 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom &
Oct. 5 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern &
Oct. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room &
Oct. 8 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater &
Oct. 10 - Des Moines, IA - Wool
Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line &
Oct. 12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon &
Oct. 16 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill &
Oct. 18 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom &
Oct. 19 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar &
Oct. 20 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter &
Oct. 22 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Oct. 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom &
Oct. 25 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall &
Oct. 26 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall &
Oct. 27 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live &
Oct. 30 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall &
Oct. 31 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland &
Nov. 11-15 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - John Prine's "All The Best Fest"
* with The Revivalists
** with Jade Bird
& with Donovon Woods

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Dirt Emo Vol. 1
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
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