Alternative country musician Ruston Kelly has released his sophomore studio album, Shape & Destroy.
A large portion of Kelly’s new LP was inspired by the time he spent at Johnny and June Carter Cash’s home. The musician was invited by the late pair’s son, John Carter Cash, to stay at the residence and his time there helped shape the music on his second album. Last year, he released a cover of “Weeping Willow” that he had recorded in the Cash house.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kelly explained that Shape & Destroy is about “trying to reestablish yourself as yourself. By taking care of yourself, you are in turn taking care of the people who love you. And being a better person in the world.”
Previewed with the songs “Brave” and “Pressure,” Shape & Destroy continues on from Kelly’s 2018 Dying Star by documenting his road to recovery and sobriety. It’s an intimate, introspective album—but that’s not to say it’s without moments of strength.
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