While Ripley Johnson may have meant for Rose City Band to be a side project or an outlet for his prolific songwriting, the truth is that the music here is well beyond all of that. Now with a new album Earth Trip announced for release in April, Johnson proves that this project has legs. On his lead single “Lonely Places” the singer songwriter delivers more charming twang while showing off a bit more of his impeccable songwriting.
The song opens with pedal steel slide and airy vocals. Containing an almost Roger Miller sound, the upbeat track sways with country goodness from the jump. The way the drums aren’t at the top of the mix but still present has a bit of an old school country feel while the song also contains Laurel Canyon tones that stick to your ribs. There’s more than enough hooks here, yet they’re organic and not forced as the southern charm of the song bleeds throughout.
The song is ready to stream above or on all streaming sites. Earth Trip is available for preorder on various formats and bundles directly from Thrill Jockey ahead of its release on May 21.
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