Yellow gold heavyweight 180 gram vinyl LP. Ryan Curtis' first solo album. Expected to ship July 30th, 2021
For over a decade Ryan Curtis has been constantly working in various genres of roots music, blues, soul, vintage sounding rock n’ roll, but his latest --Rust Belt Broken Heart will be his debut solo album. Ryan’s songs are usually about life’s harder learned lessons, featuring picaresque heroes whom he gives a very personal feel. Rust Belt Broken Heart dives deep into the different styles of country and western while telling tales from his youth in the midwest from Michigan to Illinois. The gravelly voice of the Michigan born, Boise based singer has been praised on KEXP and No Depression. He co-fronted Curtis/Sutton & The Scavengers, whose 2017 album Whiskey Rain put them on the playlist of keen country and roots music listeners. Ryan also fronts The Weary Times, whose gritty soul sound has made them a constant fixture at venues and festivals in the Northwest.
About Rust Belt Broken Heart, and his songwriting journey, from Ryan Curtis:
"As I write this, the oldest song on Rust Belt Broken Heart is around 12 years old. I was in my late 20’s, living in Chicago, when I wrote “A Beautiful Day”. I certainly had no idea back then, that I would eventually record it and release it on an album over a decade later. I picked the songs for this record because of a common thread sewn into each of them. The story, characters, or origins all center around both the beautiful and downtrodden landscapes of The Great Lakes Region. This is where I grew up, and lived, before moving out west nine years ago. Like my actual years on this earth, the setting for each of the songs are split between a small town and the city, but at their core is the overall connection back home to the Midwest, a place surely embedded into my DNA. This record is dedicated to all my friends and family back in The Rust Belt. You made me who I am today, and I’ll always hold you in my heart. -RC"
Rust Belt Broken Heart is more than the sum of its parts. It's an ode to the solitude and beauty --and the lessons to be learned from those-- that the midwest provides.
Rust Belt Broken Heart is out on vinyl and digital, on American Standard Time Records. Ryan Curtis will be playing several live shows later this year including Sawtooth Valley Gathering, Summer’s End Fest, and Treefort Music Fest.