Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Fruit Bats - "Rushin' River Valley"

Photo by Chantal Anderson

Eric D. Johnson is back with new music from Fruit Bats. The latest single, "Rushin' River Valley," is a perfect sun swept, laid back, California sounding, 70's AM radio style song. It's hardly a throwback, though, as the song sounds like a completely modern version of those sounds. Despite how laid back the song's vibes are, it's still an up tempo track. "Rushin' River Valley" is just about as mainstream as folk/rock gets, but when it's done as perfectly as Fruit Bats do it, I can't imagine even the biggest music snobs could find anything to complain about.

Eric D. Johnson says of the new song:

“This song is about true love, and the question of whether we are fated to be together or if it's all just universal chaos tossing us around. It's also about ghosts and bad dreams and trying to move forward and climbing over a mountain and hoping to glimpse the other side.”

You can listen to "Rushin' River Valley" below. A River Running to Your Heart is due out April 14 on Merge Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Fruit Bats, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.

4/12 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi4/13 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall4/14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue4/15 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow4/16 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre4/18 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Phoenix Theatre4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl4/20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall4/21 – Boston, MA – Royale4/22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club4/25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle4/27 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl4/28 – Scaly Mountain, NC – Bear Shadow +4/29 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse4/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Intuition Ale Works5/10 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up Tavern5/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel5/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel5/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel5/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel5/17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk5/19 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre5/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room5/21 – Bozeman, MT – The Elm5/24 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Hall5/25 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall5/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market5/27 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Commodore Ballroom + w/ Spoon

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