Rose City Band is celebrated guitarist Ripley Johnson. A prolific songwriter, Johnson started Rose City Band as an outlet nimble enough to match the pace of his writing as well as to explore songwriting styles apart from Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo. We’ve been caught in their osmic country web since 2019’s S/T album which sounded like it was made to mellow out those heady motorik psych expansions of Johnson’s other groups while keeping things trippy and groovy! Last years ‘Summerlong’ was one of my favourite albums of last year and has been on the turntable through the fall, winter and spring! It really makes up for our rubbish Scottish weather!
Out today (25/6) ‘Earth Trip’ holds a ‘message of interconnectedness with the environment expands on a long country music tradition that draws a symbiotic relationship between storyteller and the land, celebrating the beauty of the natural world without forgetting our responsibility to preserve it for future generations’ (Thrill Jockey). Johnson has been drip feeding tracks from the album over the past few months and today the beautiful record can be enjoyed as one. Head over to Bandcamp to check it out and pick up a copy.
Catch Ripley Johnson on Gimmie County tonight for an exclusive DJ set which I’m sure is going to be a cosmic Americana trip not to be missed! If you love Rose City Band’s sound then you know his selections are going to be sweet!