FEATURED VIDEO: One Last Kiss

It’s the ultimate last kiss–the kiss of death. In this dark, bluesy track, RJ invokes the tragic love poetry of Edgar Allen Poe; describes his own father’s funeral who died when RJ was 14; and takes us to the most famous last kiss of all time.

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About RJ

Born in Chicago and now living in the Tennessee woods, RJ has toured from Canada to Florida and throughout the U.S. Deftly straddling traditional and contemporary Americana and Blues, he’s garnered fans from biker bars to Bourbon Street, from farm towns to music festivals, and from coffee houses to concert halls.

2018 was a busy year for RJ, kicking off his tour with an official appearance at SXSW and releasing his critically-acclaimed LP One Last Kiss. He toured from Chicago to Texas to the Florida Keys, including official appearances at the Baton Rouge Third Street Songwriters Festival and the Key Largo Original Music Festival and doing live radio station appearances. Radio stations throughout the U.S. and Europe spun One Last Kiss, including the BBC in U.K. and the legendary WSM Opryland Radio in Nashville.

One Last Kiss is RJ’s first solo LP. His 2016 EP Nightly Suicide earned steady spins on Americana music stations, and Tampa’s WMNF 88.5 named it one of the best albums of 2016. In 2015 RJ released a two-sided single New Orleans Undercover, which debuted at #2 on iTunes New Blues Releases Chart. New Orleans Undercover was recorded in New Orleans with New Orleans musicians. His debut solo EP Hell Hole Swamp (March 2015) included tracks produced in Lafayette, Louisiana by True Blood and Treme’ contributor C.C. Adcock and featuring the legendary Stanton Moore on drums.

RJ is taking a sabbatical in 2019 and is having surgery to repair repetitive injuries to his right hand. He’s withdrawn from social media and will not be actively touring, giving himself time to recuperate physically and replenish artistically.