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Justin Rutledge

The Early Widows (Six Shooter)

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Justin Rutledge knows his number one strength---his brooding, near whispered tenor---and like Hayden or the Great Lake Swimmers, uses it to its full romantic potential. He seems determined to be taken so seriously---Rutledge doesn’t approach a song without a minor key governance or anything more than a mid-tempo flow. On The Early Widows, he employs these devices to full swoon effect, save for a several tracks, like the dynamic “Snowmen” (with its Great-Gig vocal wail outro), where his tempos and arrangements swell like we haven’t heard before. It’s a new side to Rutledge’s work, perhaps thanks to Hawksley Workman’s production skills, but one he will hopefully explore further in the future

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