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Ruston Kelly w/Tim "TK" Kelly

Presented by Ryman Auditorium at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN

Nov 07 - 08 2021
Ruston Kelly w/Tim "TK" Kelly

2nd Show Added! Ruston Kelly with very special guest Margaret Glaspy on November 8.

Ruston Kelly – Live At The Ryman

With his sophomore album Shape & Destroy, Nashville-based artist Ruston Kelly now documents his experience in maintaining sobriety, and finally facing the demons that led him to drug abuse in the first place. But while Kelly recounts that journey with an unvarnished honesty, his grace and conviction as an artist ultimately turn Shape & Destroy into a work of unlikely transcendence.

With its unsparing reflection on what Kelly refers to as “the cycle of frustration and temptation after getting clean,” Shape & Destroy took form during a period of painful transformation. “It wasn’t surprising to me that getting sober was a challenge, but there were moments when it was challenging in a way I’d never experienced before,” Kelly says. “There’s so much repair your brain has to do—spiritually, emotionally, physically—and at one point I really felt like I was losing my mind.”

That momentum continued as Kelly headed into the studio, co-producing Shape & Destroy with his longtime producer Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer, Elohim). Working at Dreamland Recording Studios in Upstate New York (a space converted from a 19thcentury church), Kelly enlisted musicians like Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, bassist Eli Beaird (who also performed on Dying Star), and a number of his own family members: his father Tim “TK” Kelly played steel guitar, while both his sister Abby Kelly and his wife Kacey Musgraves contributed background vocals. And in shaping the album’s nuanced yet potent sound, the band deliberately channeled the raw vitality Kelly continually brings to his live show.

In bringing Shape & Destroy to life, Kelly again tapped into many of his longtime inspirations—Jackson Browne, Dashboard Confessional, the brutal and visceral energy of Kurt Cobain’s live performance—but also looked to such unexpected sources as transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. “A huge turning point in my spiritual life was reading his essay ‘The Poet,’ which talks about how artists love wine and narcotics, but the true artist doesn’t ingest anything but water from a wooden bowl,” he says. “As soon as I read that I thought, ‘Damn, you’ve got my number there.’” And through the process of creating Shape & Destroy with total clarity, Kelly emerged with a greater understanding of how to fulfill his purpose as an artist.

Source: Ryman Auditorium.

INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Nov 7, 2021 at 07:30 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 8, 2021 at 07:30 pm (Mon)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

LOCATION

Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
(Neighborhood: Downtown)

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PARKING INFO

Valet parking is available at the Ryman for most shows (excluding Opry at the Ryman) provided by Nissan.  To utilize the valet parking please enter the Ryman drive from Fifth Avenue and pull up the valet stand. Cost of parking is $20.00 per car. If you drive a Nissan, valet parking is free. Please note that the valet will be open until approximately one hour after the show ends.

There are also many paid parking lots and street meters in the area around the Ryman.  For further parking information please visit Park It! Downtown.

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