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Ruston Kelly On World Cafe

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    Ruston Kelly on World cafe Ruston Kelly was a teenage figure skater in Michigan when he started writing songs. At 17 he moved to Nashville, then co-wrote a Tim McGraw song. After a drug overdose, Kelly cleaned up and met his wife, country singer Kacey Musgraves. Ruston tells stories about it all and plays live on the next World Cafe.
Kelly's been to the brink and back. You can hear that journey in the moving songs that make up his latest album, Dying Star.
I couldn't make it through Ruston Kelly's full-length debut in one stretch the first time I tried. Between the mortal question - "How the hell do I return to normal / If I'm always ending up flat on my back?" - he poses on the opening track and the heart-wrenching harmonica on the next tune, by the time the vocoder washed over the image Kelly as the "son of a highway daughter, born in gasoline" on Track 3, I had to take a welled-up walk away from my desk. Kelly's been to the brink and back, and you can hear it in the moving songs that make up his latest album, Dying Star.

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