I wasn’t going to write about Justin, because he’s almost too country even for me, and this blog isn’t here to introduce you to more countryesque artists. But I just can’t help it. Some people are into shoegaze, and some people are into electronica, and then there’s me, and I’m such a sucker for boys singing sad songs with their lonely guitars. I like what I like, and I like it a lot.
So here goes — once again, Canada proves that it can drink, sing, and cry just as well as any of our sniveling country singers with their tears in their beers. Rutledge, with all the wisdom of his 26 years, put together a note-perfect lineup of songs in his 2004 album, “No Never Alone.” There’s talk (has been for quite awhile) of a new album, but I don’t see anything stirring except tour dates and an amusing sing-along rendition of a song called, “Don’t Be So Mean, Jellybean,” which you can stream on his Myspace.
(Of course, every time he says, “My beauty queen,” I go off and sing, “I’m gasoline, I’m burning clean” (so it can drive you nuts too, that’s REM’s “Electrolite.”) Hey! Someone mash those two up. Hee hee.)
At any rate! Now I’m completely off track. The songs from “No Never Alone” are well worth a listen, and I also highly recommend “Alberta Breeze,” which you can stream on the Myspace. It showcases Rutledge’s lovely turns of phrase: Alberta’s never sounded so appealingly depressing. Makes me want to visit, to see if I can bring a sad singing cowboy home with me.
…yeah, I know. Everyone say it along with me:
[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]
Justin Rutledge – Too Sober To Sleep
Justin Rutledge – Special
Bonus: Singalong version of Don’t Be So Mean, Jellybean
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