Steven Bruce of Fredericksburg, VA, has been taking part in in bars since he might start voting.
Now a decade into his skilled profession, this key founding member of the acclaimed nation rock outfit Whiskey Revival steps out on his good solo debut Similar Time, Similar Place, Similar Station. Recorded within the wake of a divorce and the back-to-back passings of his beloved grandparents, Bruce appeared to his favourite albums by Gram Parsons, Tom Petty and Waylon Jennings for solace, inspiring him to jot down a batch of songs that saluted his honky-tonk heroes whereas establishing a singular, countrified sound of Bruce’s personal.
“I’ve come to search out that I write my greatest at my worst occasions,” Bruce tells American Songwriter. “When I’m on the fringe of the world and all that’s left is to fall into nothing or when the phrases and feelings inside me are on the level of exploding I discover that expressing myself via my lyrics and songs is among the most rewarding emotions I’ve ever felt. There’s a way of delight that comes together with turning these emotions into artwork.”
One tune off the brand new album that correctly expresses the crossroads the place emotion and affect intersect is the primary single “Rhinestoned,” which American Songwriter is proud to premiere right this moment as our Each day Discovery.
“I got here dwelling from work one night, again when there was a ‘regular routine,’” he tells American Songwriter regarding the tune’s origins. “I checked the mail on the best way in, fed my cats and cleaned their litter field, cooked dinner, and so on. I had gotten all my chores accomplished for the ed×vening and was able to sit back and chill out. I threw Gram Parsons’ album GP onto the turntable and kicked again with some potent goodies to assist unwind.
“Someplace between ‘Nonetheless Feeling Blue’ and ‘We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes within the Morning’ I started to open the mail. One of many gadgets ended up being this classic western type rhinestone pearl snap shirt. My cats have been additionally getting curious at this level and I bear in mind trying down at ‘Emmylou’, my feminine cat, and saying ‘Man, I’m actually getting Rhinestoned tonight.’ I wrote this tune as a reminder to myself that irrespective of how unhappy and down issues can get you need to hold a certain quantity of concentrate on your self and attempt every day to search out methods to be a greater particular person and to at all times work on a greater model of your self.”
For Bruce, who lower Similar Time, Similar Place, Similar Station with crew of native expertise together with producer E.P. Jackson, concord vocalists Mackenzie Roark and Karen Jonas, pedal metal guitarist Gary Lee Gimble, and drummers Derrick Decker and Seth Brown, his hope is that this primary style of the album will convey listeners nearer to his personal state of mine on the time of its creation.
“I wrote this tune as a reminder to myself that irrespective of how unhappy and down issues can get you need to hold a certain quantity of concentrate on your self and attempt every day to search out methods to be a greater particular person and to at all times work on a greater model of your self,” he explains. “I hope individuals hear ‘Rhinestoned’ and may discover a technique to do the identical in their very own lives, possibly everybody will really feel a bit of Rhinestoned and attempt to be a greater model of themselves to make the world a bit of brighter or sequined.”