Geronimo Getty :: Greyhound Blues

As a child, songwriter Aaron Kyle spent spent a lot of time on the road, staring out the window of a Greyhound bus. His mother didn't fly, and she didn't take trains, which meant trips from California to visit her family in Kentucky where all done via the bus system. You hear echoes of those journeys in Greyhound Blues, a country noir by Kyle's band Geronimo Getty, and you see visual elements from those drives in the ten short films that accompany the album.

“Travel has been a big part of my life,” Kyle says. The songwriter says he “grew up” on the road, shaped by his experiences driving cross-country on his own, and touring as a member of the rock band Le Switch. The album, Kyle says, is “kind of about those adventures and experiences.”

This month finds Geronimo Getty taking on a month-long stint at Los Angeles honky-tonk the Escondite and releasing Greyhound Blues on vinyl. More than a simple travelog, the record strings together multiple narratives about a man “easily given to violence.” The record is full of dramatic tension: “Mister James” evokes a jealous lover over distorted country riffs and barroom piano, “Devil’s Theft” finds Kyle’s voice cloaked in fuzz. Many of the songs, like the sashaying “Dancing In The Morning Light” and the Bakersfield-styled “On A Plane,” concern running away – escaping desperate circumstances. “In the last few years I've definitely had my own bouts of trying to run away from my own bullshit,” Kyle says.

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