Rose City Band is the solo moniker of celebrated guitarist Ripley Johnson. Originally conceived as an anonymous, lighthearted studio project in-between touring with his bands Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, it has since grown into an outlet for Johnson’s finest songwriting. Stepping out from behind the psychedelic haze that envelops his other output, Rose City Band’s lean yet richly textured arrangements lay bare the beauty of his songcraft. On Earth Trip, Johnson reveals more of himself than ever before, coloring the project’s country-rock twang with a melancholic, wistful undertone. It charts a journey of personal growth and introspection with surprising honesty, from pining for summers spent with friends to meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world. It continues Rose City Band’s celebration of summer warmth and the great outdoors, seen from a new vantage point, and with newfound appreciation for the freedom and joy that nature provides.
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