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Earth Trip

by Rose City Band

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    Porch Pack contains Rose City Band rolling papers, Rose City Band sticker, and limited edition color vinyl LP.

    Includes digital pre-order of Earth Trip. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases June 25, 2021
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    Rambler Pack contains Rose Rose City Band rolling papers, Rose City Band sticker, and Earth Trip CD.

    Includes digital pre-order of Earth Trip. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases June 25, 2021
    item ships out on or around May 20, 2021
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    releases June 25, 2021

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    Rambler Pack contains Rose City Band tote bag, Rose City Band rolling papers, Rose City Band sticker, and limited edition color vinyl LP.
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    Porch Pack contains Rose City Band rolling papers, Rose City Band sticker, and limited edition color vinyl LP.

    Also available on the Thrill Jockey site: thrilljockey.com/products/earth-trip

    Includes digital pre-order of Earth Trip. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

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    Deluxe LP packaging, die-cut jacket with 4-color printing on both the outside and inside of the jacket, also with fully artworked heavy-weight cardstock printed inner sleeve and download card.

    Includes digital pre-order of Earth Trip. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

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1.
Silver Roses 04:59
Blue lights on the way Down the freeway to L.A. Fever broke, I won’t hurt anymore I’ve come home to stay Called down off the road Free fallin' in the rain Bluebirds fly, I‘m so alone I was wrong to stray > A white horse and a > Silver rose > Feel sorry but > I’m so alone > All alone Moonrise on the lake Down the breakers to the Bay Coast to coast, I’ll take it all I’ll be home to stay > A white horse and a > Silver rose > Feel sorry but > I’m rolling home > to see my babe
2.
In The Rain
3.
World Is Turning
4.
Feel Of Love
5.
Wide open spaces make me feel at home But I been so forlorn Hear lonely traces on the telephone But I been gone so long > Wide open spaces > Feel love for the lonely places Wide open spaces never feel so cold But I been alone so long Give me warm embraces not a telephone I need love, sweet love > Wide open spaces > Feel love for the > Lonely places
6.
Ramblin' With The Day
7.
Rabbit
8.
Dawn Patrol

about

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. Rose City Band allows him to follow his musical muses as they greet him and not be bound by the schedules of bandmates and demands of a touring group. On Earth Trip, Johnson colors songs with a country-rock twang and a melancholic, wistful undertone. Themes recur such as pining for summers spent in the company of friends to newer meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world. Johnson’s laid-back and classically West Coast songs communicate emotions entirely of the moment with both his lyrics, intimate vocal style as well as his elegant elongated guitar lines and astute use of counter-melodies on the pedal steel.

Earth Trip was written during the period of sudden shocks and drastic lifestyle changes of 2020, quite literally “called down off the road” as he sings in elegiac album opener “Silver Roses”. Home for an extended period for the first time in years, he was able to reconnect with simple pleasures of home life: hikes in nature, bathing outside and waking with the dawn. Johnson found hope and healing in forming a more mindful relationship with the natural world, from the simple pleasures of tending a garden to sleeping out under the stars. “Lonely Places” in particular captures the sheer joy and freedom of losing oneself in nature, an ode to the wealth of natural beauty the west coast provides, as well as the importance of appreciating wild, open spaces. “In the Rain” seeks beauty and hope in life’s darker moments, while “Dawn Patrol” finds solace in the earth’s natural rhythms.

Recorded primarily at his home in Portland and mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave), the songs on Earth Trip make deft use of space through their lean arrangements, guest Barry Walker’s shimmering pedal steel, open and elongated guitar melodies, and upfront and intimate vocals. Johnson describes the arrangements this way; “I was trying to capture that feeling when you take psychedelics and they just start coming on - maybe objects start buzzing in the edges of your vision, you start seeing slight trails, maybe the characteristics of sound change subtly. But you’re not fully tripping yet. Cooper got the idea right away and his mix really captures that feeling.” Johnson’s lithe guitar playing treads an equally fine line between country and cosmic, melodies blooming into long reverb trails and solos evocative of radiant summer warmth.

Earth Trip’s 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. It cements Johnson’s place as a musician and songwriter of inimitable skill.

credits

releases June 25, 2021

All songs by Ripley Johnson
Drums recorded by Colin Stewart at The Hive
Mixed by Cooper Crain at Electrical Audio
Mastered for all formats by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Mastering
Cover design by D. Norsen
Sincerest thanks to family, friends, and all of the musicians, artists, and engineers that helped make this happen.
Listen to the Earth. Peace and love.

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