‘Asshole’ country songwriter Ruston Kelly plays Tampa this weekend

Kacey’s hubby is at Orpheum in Ybor City.

‘Asshole’ country songwriter Ruston Kelly plays Tampa this weekend
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Kacey Musgraves’ “Asshole” hubby, Ruston Kelly, is coming to Tampa, and it’s a big get for country music fans (“Asshole” is the title of a song the 31-year-old wrote after spending a January 2018 night in jail after being arrested for an outstanding warrant he received for driving with an expired license three years earlier.)

It’s fitting that the set happens at Orpheum—the same room which hosts Emo Night Brooklyn parties—because Kelly’s latest project, Dirt Emo Vol. 1, is an eight-song release featuring Kelly’s favorite emo songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities” (featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba), a live cover of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” and new versions of The Carter Family’s “Weeping Willow” and Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”

Ruston Kelly. Sat. Feb. 15, 7 p.m. $15-$18. Orpheum, Ybor City. eventbrite.com

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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