Justin Rutledge – Valleyheart (Outside Music)

justinrutAWhy Justin Rutledge isn’t a freakin’ folk hero at this point is beyond me. Over the course of five prior records, Rutledge has crafted some of the most heartfelt, roots-inspired tracks known to man. His honest vocals could elicit tears from even the most black-hearted soul while his music remains most often minimally sparse. Valleyheart is the ideal soundtrack to those long winter days when all you want to do is forget about the outside world. Much like Neil Young before him, Rutledge will happily bring you into his world; chances are you will never want to leave.