Rick Bruner | Eight Hundred Miles

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Eight Hundred Miles

by Rick Bruner

A story-filled cross country journey on back roads driven by deep acoustic guitar grooves.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Blood Is Thicker
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2. Can't Take Me Home
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3. Worn Out Blue
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4. Sound Of Trains
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5. Way To Dawn
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6. Blue Tile Floor
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7. Wrong
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8. St. Jacob's Well
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9. Outrun The Devil
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10. Train Ain't Late
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11. No Place That Far
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12. Sweet Cherry
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13. This Blue
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14. Not As Sweet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born in the flatlands of Texas and raised under the wide open skies of Kansas, Rick Bruner writes songs that are informed by the wind, wheat fields, back roads, and rolling hills of middle America. Tossed into the bowl of influences are a lifetime of listening to and playing an eclectic variety of music. In his voice are traces of early blues, jazz and 70's soul that mingle with a rhythmic and percussive acoustic guitar style. His songs tell stories that make you want to listen, as hard to put down as a good book.

Rick learned his first guitar chords from his grandfather, who lived his life around the dusty red dirt roads and plains of southwest Kansas. In between fishing expeditions and land surveys they played old folk tunes of rural America. Rick absorbed the pop and soul music of the 60's and 70's; played guitar, drums and singing in bands throughout high school. He discovered jazz in college about the same time he fell under the spell of songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. He moved to eastern Kansas and began playing with area jazz musicians. Songwriting became Rick's focus when inspiration struck in the form of open guitar tunings and the music of Greg Brown, Shawn Colvin and Mississippi John Hurt. In 2001 he won the Heartland Folk Festival songwriting competition. Since then, Rick has been performing regularly and has opened shows for Peter Case, Bill Morrissey, Peter Keane, Don Conoscenti, Kenny White, Erika Luckett, and Edie Carey.

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Steve Olson

Rick Bruner's CD reminds us why we love good music.
Rick Bruner reminds us of the best Midwestern singer-songwriters, people like Greg Brown and Claudia Schmidt. Poets who write honest, thoughtful music about the land, and the people who carve their lives out each day’s experience, one touching story at a time.

People in the Kansas City region have heard Bruner for several years, playing at clubs and concerts. Now with his first CD, Eight Hundred Miles, the rest of us get to sample the rich pallet of sounds and tales he weaves together. The people in his songs struggle with life, love, a need to wander, and the strong ties that bind them to home.

The family dynamics of Blood is Thicker, the need to move in Can’t Take Me Home, the world-weariness of Worn Out Blue, the country blues of Way to Dawn.

Bruner’s earthy, expressive vocals are underpinned, and always moved along, by his crisp, rich guitar playing. It always fits the song, giving each the exact feeling it should have. He never gets in the way of the story he’s telling, and reminds us of how beautiful an acoustic guitar can sound.

And along the way just the right amount of coloration, rhythm, and emotion are tastefully added by his cohorts: guitar master Greg V, Craig Akin’s solid bass playing, Dean Sharp’s grooveful drumming, and Radoslav Lorkovic’s accordion.

These days we’re up to our eyeballs in singer-songwriters, who all think they have something to say. But it remains rare to find a person who stands out as an artist, with enough experience, poetry, and musical sense to move us with their work. To takes us in to the world they create and see things from their perspective, and even more remarkable, to make us want to come back again and again.

Rick Bruner is one of those people.
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