TICKETS ON-SALE THIS FRIDAY
NEW PROJECT DIRT EMO VOL. 1 OUT NOW
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Ruston Kelly will make his headline debut at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium next year on Friday, March 6. Tickets for the show—which will feature special guest with Lucy Dacus—are available for pre-sale starting tomorrow, October 16 at 10:00am CT with pubic on-sale following this Friday, October 18 at 10:00am CT.
Of this milestone, Kelly shares, “Words cannot express the honor and excitement I have for headlining the Ryman. It has been the North Star to me as far as establishing myself as a touring artist. I’ve been dreaming of playing my own show there for a very long time.”
The performance celebrates a breakthrough year for Kelly, who released his new project Dirt Emo Vol. 1 last week via Rounder Records (stream/purchase here). 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.”
Dirt Emo Vol. 1 follows the release of Kelly’s full-length debut album, Dying Star, last fall (purchase/stream here). Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star was released to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several “Best of 2018” lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declares, “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.”
Prior to the Ryman Auditorium show, Kelly will continue his extensive “Brightly Burst” headline tour this fall with upcoming stops at Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, Washington D.C.’s U Street Music Hall and Chicago’s Thalia Hall among several others. See below for complete details.