Not much has been written about newcomer Ruston Kelly thus far, but take one listen to his debut EP, Halloween, and his name will be one that is nearly impossible to forget. Prior to his EP release in June 2016, Kelly spent the past two years as a hot Nashville songwriter, with an impressive catalog of cuts including tracks for Kenny Chesney, Josh Abbott Band and Tim McGraw.
The 10-song EP is a mixture of country, indie, and folk, wrapped together with his captivating talent for genuine, authentic storytelling. His single, “Black Magic,” is a beautifully written acoustic track with a strong chorus, where Kelly sings, “Love ain’t nothing more than black magic.” Watch Kelly’s performance of “Black Magic” at The Attic Sessions in Nashville:
One of the standouts on the EP, “Poison,” is a quiet-but-powerful love ballad that tells about the tortures of heartbreak. Kelly sings, “Your memory cuts into my day, it buries all my nights away / Thinking of you is like digging my own grave, you’re my poison now.”