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RUSTY GEAR ‘OUT AND RUNNIN ROUND’ SINGLE REVIEW

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One seems to know what they’re in for as soon as the drum introduction of Out And Runnin Round begins.

A mid-paced, stomping groove that appears to neatly intone the nexus between country, rock and blues styles, the kind that Rusty Gear is affiliated with.

With over 900,000 Spotify streams, the country music artist has enjoyed quite a few success stories, including, Tequila Won’t Solve Your Problems, Won’t Forget (#1 on Europe’s Hotdisc Top 40) and Wondering Why (# 51 on Billboard’s Country Breakout Chart in the US).

Out And Runnin is the latest from the American country singer-songwriter, a solid, unapologetic musical narrative that attempts to depict a big night on the town. With opening lines like, Outside the centre city bypass, they roll the sidewalks up at night  / It’s a short ride down to Southside, you come to drink and dance and fight, who can resist?

The new track combines blues-infused country with a particular attitude that inadvertently or not reveals the intersection of society with culture, and in this case, that’s, of course, music. The new track features Rusty on vocals and slide guitar and esteemed musicians from the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Clayton Ivey on keys, Ed Green on drums and David Hood on bass. 

The track also features the background vocals of Camille Rae from emerging US act Calamity Jane. Produced by Tony Sarno, who also played guitar on the new release, Out And Runnin Round attempts to capture all freewheeling, devil-may-care aspect of one night the soundtrack proving a suitable foundation for lines such as, We got the fury and the sound its where we can be found / we got to take it when we can and listen to the band.

Out And Runnin Round is also about transcending the ever-present pressures of life for a singular event—a very relaxed evening indeed, with the idea of music as escape playing a central role. Amid the traditional assembly of guitar-driven sonics are several other must-have ingredients: the swirling layers of barroom conjuring guitar lines, providing a bold, vibrant if not typical accompaniment, the vocal harmonies adding a few sweet spots and the tinkling dynamics of the piano.

This track persuades by its allegiance to a style, a country stomper that’s a little more conventional than some of Rusty’s previous releases but no less suggestive.

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