RUSTON KELLY’S DIRT EMO VOL. 1 OUT TODAY
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Ruston Kelly’s new project Dirt Emo Vol. 1 is out today via Rounder Records. Stream/purchase HERE.
Of the project, Kelly shares, “I don’t play country, this stuff is dirt emo. It’s like crying in a barn or angsting in your room with a banjo.”
Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the eight-song release consists of Kelly’s favorite emo songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities” featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, a live cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” and new versions of The Carter Family’s “Weeping Willow” and Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”
Kelly’s version of “All Too Well” was released to widespread critical praise and garnered attention from Swift herself. Billboard declares, “Kelly puts his own haunting spin on the track with yearning vocals, delicate percussion and soaring instrumentation,” while UPROXX praises, “…his rendition is a beautiful tribute to the raw emotionality of the original. He makes the song his own with atmospheric instrumentals, replacing Swift’s driving percussion with drums that sound more soft and searching.”