- Jennifer Janz
RUSTY GEAR - Check In Check Out Blues
The latest release from American singer-songwriter Rusty Gear, taken from his album of Americana tracks, is Check in Check Out Blues, featuring Lucy Cantley on violin and Camille Rae on vocals, from emerging US country act Calamity Jane.
Check in Check Out Blues contains all the requisite qualities of outstanding country and blues tinged rock, as well as a bold lyric, one that explores a woman’s life with acute sensitivity and succinct power. The sound is a mix of expertly rendered blues guitar, enticing vocal, and refined, evocative violin-playing.
Rusty leads a collaboration of gifted musicians to create and record country, blues, and southern rock music and Check in Check Out Blues is no exception. The full, country-rock soundscape is augmented by a hooky chorus and a rolling, open feel, and despite the serious nature of the lyric, Check In Check Out Blues is an optimistic take on a domestic situation, one that is as cautionary as it is highly engaging.
The track relies on a laid-back warmth, the interplay of Camille Rae’s powerful vocal, Rusty’s expressive guitar playing and Lucy Cantley’s exuberant violin accompaniment. The track also features some of Nashville’s finest players including, Tony Sarno (guitars). Clayton Ivey (keyboards), David Hood (bass), and Ed Greene (drums). Recorded in Nashville and produced by Tony Sarno and mixed by Leslie Richter, Check in Check Out Blues is sure to continue the amazing chart successes of Rusty’s previous releases. Rusty’s first album, Happy Ending, was released in 2018, followed by Second Gear, released in 2019, and High Gear in 2020. Rusty’s first single, Wondering Why, reached number one on Europe’s Hotdisc Top 40 country music chart and number 51 on Billboard’s Country Breakout Chart in the US.
‘‘ The full, country-rock soundscape is augmented by a hooky chorus and a rolling, open feel, and despite the serious nature of the lyric, Check In Check Out Blues is an optimistic take on a domestic situation, one that is as cautionary as it is highly engaging.
From High Gear, Sorry Excuses, featuring vocals by Bekka Bramlett, reached number two on the Roots Radio Chicago Blues Song Chart and High Maintenance reached number seven on the same chart. Also, from High Gear, Tequila Won't Solve Your Problems hit number one on the Hotdisc Top 40 in April and Won’t Forget (Remix) was number one on that chart for four weeks in June.
Rusty Gear’s songs have garnered over 600,000 streams on Spotify, with Jake Brakes, Wondering Why, Call Me One for the Road, and Won’t Forget widely playlisted. Check in Check Out Blues will no doubt attract more listeners further enhancing the career of this notable country music artist.
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