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LAST OF THE TRUE (2017)
RONNIE FAUSS’ LAST OF THE TRUE OUT NOW VIA NEW WEST IMPRINT NORMALTOWN RECORDS
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION PREMIERES FULL ALBUM STREAM
CURRENTLY ON TOUR THROUGHOUT TEXAS, TO APPEAR WITH RHETT MILLER (OF OLD 97’s) & JASON BOLAND
NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2017) – Dallas, TX-native singer-songwriter Ronnie Fauss’ third album Last Of The True is out now via New West’s imprint, Normaltown Records, and available digitally and on compact disc HERE. The 13-track set is the strongest, widest-reaching album of Fauss’ career – a cross-country Americana record for bars, listening rooms, pool halls, and car stereos. Last Of The True includes instrumental backing from members of Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris' touring bands and was produced by Fauss himself, who worked alongside engineer and former Centro-Matic drummer Matt Pence (Jason Isbell, Sarah Jaffe, Nikki Lane) at Pence’s Echo Lab Studio. In celebration of the release, The Bluegrass Situation is premiering the album in-full HERE. Additionally, Wide Open Country premiered the album track “Twenty-Two Years” earlier this week HERE. They say the song “cements [Fauss] as one of the genre’s most truthful troubadours,” and Fauss describes it as his “stab at a stream of consciousness Whiskeytown or Tom Petty style rock-n-roll song.” Fauss will be playing the new material on his Texas tour through the rest of the year, which includes an in-store at Dallas’ Good Records tomorrow afternoon, as well as upcoming appearances with Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s) and Jason Boland. He will also perform at the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase in conjunction with his nomination for “Best Country Act.” Please see below for full tour details with more shows to be announced.
For Last Of The True, Fauss teamed up with indie-folk rocker Ben Kweller for a duet on the album’s single “Saginaw Paper Mill.” The Black Balloon-directed video for the track previously premiered at American Songwriter, who calls it “a crunchy, devil-may-care rocker with honky-tonk piano and some hazy, road-trip ready visuals to boot.” Listen HERE. In addition to ten new original tracks, Last Of the True also contains three updated takes on covers that include songs popularized by Uncle Tupelo (“New Madrid”) and Okkervil River (“The Velocity Of Saul At The Time Of His Conversion”), as well as a piano-fueled version of Bob Dylan's “Don't Think Twice (It's All Right).” The Boot recently premiered Fauss’ “heavier, slightly fuzzy” version of “New Madrid,” which can be heard HERE. Of the song, Fauss offers, “When I cover a song, I don’t try to make it better, I just try to make it different. In this case, converting it from a laid-back folk number…just felt very natural.” Last Of The True is already gaining critical attention with the Americana Music Show calling it “a broad sweep of country, rock and roll, folk and country rock that could have come from Laurel Canyon as much as Texas and Tennessee,” and the Dallas Observer adding, “The first-person yarns Fauss weaves in his songs are an aggregation of real and imagined experiences, set against easily accessible, sensorially rich physical backdrops.”
Of the new tracks, Fauss comments, “I didn't want to leave anything on the table when I was recording this album. I wanted to empty my notebook.” A genuine fan of the Americana catalog, he looked to his own record collection for inspiration and nods to those influences throughout Last Of The True. The final product is something quite rare: a modern-day Americana gem, as well as a celebration of the older sounds that influenced the genre. It is an album that fires twin barrels of Texas twang and Nashville nuance. There are no borders here. No rules or restrictions. From the dobro arpeggios and bluegrass-worthy stomp of "No One To Blame But Yourself" to the guitar-based heartland rock of "Twenty Two Years," Last Of The True is everything its title promises: a blast of something real and authentic, delivered right when we need it most.
Last Of The True follows Fauss’ 2014 LP Built To Break, which included a collaboration with Old 97’s Rhett Miller and gained praise from CMT, Country Weekly, American Songwriter, The Boot, No Depression, Texas Monthly, and more. Of the sophomore effort, Texas Monthly applauded, “Fauss’s supercharged country rock will ring a bell for any Old 97’s fan. But lines like ‘I got a lot of love inside me / And that’s where it’s gonna stay’ prove that he has smarts and attitude all his own;” and Chris Hillman (of The Byrds, Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Brothers) exclaimed, “This young man has the goods and then some." Built To Break was preceded by Fauss’ Normaltown Records debut I Am The Man You Know I’m Not (2012) that The New York Times deemed “memorable” and “clever,” and American Songwriter added, “...we think he hit the mark.”
LAST OF THE TRUE TRACK LISTING:
1. Big Leagues
2. Twenty-Two Years
3. New Madrid
4. Being Alone
5. I Think We’re Going To Be Okay
6. Saginaw Paper Mill (featuring Ben Kweller)
7. There Is An Irrigation Problem In Gilroy
8. Big Umbrella
9. It’s A Choice
10. The Velocity Of Saul At The Time Of His Conversion
11. Bright Lights Of L.A.
12. No One To Blame But Yourself
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right