RUSTY TRUCK – Kicker Town

Album: Kicker Town

Artist: Rusty Truck

Label: Crosseyed Music

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Rusty Truck

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BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

Rusty Truck isn’t your everyday shit-kicking country band. Led by veteran photographer Mark Seliger, it includes an all-star assemblage, including Joey Peters of Grant Lee Buffalo, Michael Duff of Chalk Farm, solo vocalist Kristin Mooney and rotating members Eric Heywood of Son Volt, Andy Gibson, a member of Hank III’s band and Sheldon Gomerg, a back-up player with Ryan Adams and Warren Zevon.

 

On the other hand, the music this conglomerate makes goes back to the basics, a rustic, sepia-tinged tapestry of twangy fiddles and pedal steel guitar. It’s telling that Seliger is first and foremost a world-renowned photographer – his work can be seen in the pages of Rolling Stone, GQ, Vanity Fair and Details – and that he’s played alongside Lenny Kravitz, Jakob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Sheryl Crow and T-Bone Burnett; the various vignettes that populate this, the band’s third album, create an iconic portrait of indelible American music. All the elements that contribute to that essential Southern soundtrack are present here – hopefulness, heartbreak, a down home demeanor combined with a rugged resilience. Those qualities are all manifest in traditional upbeat country narratives like “Buildings” and “It’s All Good,” as well as steadfast ballads such as “Anything In This World” and “Just Hold  the Mayo.” Contemporary country doesn’t get much more committed than this.


DOWNLOAD: “Buildings,” “It’s All Good,” “Anything In This World”

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