Chucktown’s own Ryan Bonner is set to release his sophomore LP, Only When’s It’s Burning on Oct. 3, and on Oct. 12 he’ll be performing at the Charleston Music Hall to celebrate the new disc. On his latest collection of Americana tunes, Bonner collaborated with a few respected music veterans, including drummer Steve Holley (Wings) and bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith, who has played with Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.
We’ve gotten the chance to hear Bonner’s latest, and we’re particularly impressed with the first single “The Rapture,” a swinging little song about hunkering down and embracing the end of the world. We were hooked on this cheery doomsday ditty from the first lines: “We were wasted/ In my basement/ When I heard the world was coming down.” And that sense of humor shows in Bonner’s description of how he first came to pick up a guitar. “My dad bought me my first guitar for $50 from some hippie downtown whose apartment had tapestry-darkened windows and smelled like pot. I suppose he needed more pot,” Bonner. says.
In addition to Bonner, Gaslight Street and Guilt Ridden Troubadour are also on the Oct. 12 Music Hall bill; each band will be celebrating new discs of its own, Heavy Wind and Gone, respectively.
Tickets are $10 in advance and they’re on sale now.