Ruston Kelly will be releasing his debut album Dying Star on Sept. 7, which will give fans a deeper look into the world of the rising country singer-songwriter. But first, he’s letting a music video do some of the talking.
“Big Brown Bus,” premiering belowon Billboard, is what Kelly considers to be his most revealing visual yet. “It’s a real insight into me as a person and what influences my art,” Kelly says. “The duality in all of us exists whether we like it or not, and the balance between what’s considered a good or bad person is a lot of times, very thin.”
The video is mostly set in Nashville’s Davidson Country Juvenile Detention Center, where Kelly performs for and interacts with teens. Other scenes show Kelly’s creative process and tour plotting, which include graffiti-like artwork, Batman comics and a publication about Johnny Cash — all a little taste of where his inspiration comes from, as he insinuates. Kelly’s introspective concept is further conveyed in his explanation of the track.
“’Big Brown Bus’ is the leaving song,” he suggests. “It’s meant to be a narrative on the unknown, the need to leave to find the other side of things. Simply put, it’s the embattlement of your strengths and weaknesses, and the feeling, mid-fight, that you’re gonna win. But not without a little help from beyond, of course.”
The song is Kelly’s fifth release from Dying Star, following “Jericho,” “Mockingbird,” “Son of a Highway Daughter” and “Faceplant.” Like “Big Brown Bus,” the pre-album release tracks present Ruston’s mesmerizingly smooth voice over a mix of folky, mellow guitar and bluesy harmonica. Kelly — who Kacey Musgraves fans may recognize, as he’s married to the country star — will be setting out on a fall tour to perform “Big Brown Bus” and other Dying Star tracks for fans across North America.
Pre-order Dying Star here, and check out “Big Brown Bus” below.