Chris Ruediger balances good times and sentimentality on Nashville-like ‘Kid Anymore’ EP
Up-and-coming artist and 615 House co-creator Chris Ruediger has released his debut EP, Child plus, October 15. The four-track project, produced by Frank Legeay and Eric Torres, both introduces Ruediger to the campaign world and gives fans a glimpse into his personal life.
Each track on the EP covers an authentic and personal aspect of Ruediger’s journey, starting with the very lively “Only So Many”, the main track and the first single from the album. In this pop-accented country song, 2021 graduate Vanderbilt sings from the perspective of a student who realizes that time spent in college is fleeting and precious.
âI wrote it with Frank Legeay and Casey Derhak, and I told them, ‘There are only so many moments in college that we have,'” said Ruediger. Looks like Nashville. âI just wanted to write a song for my best friends, brotherhoods, other college friends and the four years of my life that I don’t mean I took for granted, but at least I realized they were quite special. “
From “Only So Many”, the EP switches to “When You Don’t”, a moving song in which Ruediger sings the story of a real love that has moved to the West Coast. The song covers the uncertainty felt in long distance relationships and, just like in real life, leaves listeners in doubt as to whether or not the relationship will work. The bittersweet lyrics are associated with rock-influenced guitar accompaniment and ambient elements.
âIt’s one of my favorite songs on the EP,â Ruediger says of the song. âI think it’s very emotional and very honest about one side of relationships that we don’t usually hear. I think there are a lot of breakup songs, there are a lot of love songs, but there aren’t a lot of songs that try to navigate and figure out if this is something that’s going to last or no.
The EP also finds Ruediger reaching the recesses of his memory and singing his upbringing in “Hand Me Downs”. In this tune, the Boston-born artist sings about the seemingly insignificant objects his father gave him – like a baseball glove, a used car, and vinyl records – which are now objects with cherished memories attached to them. The instrumentation on the acoustic guitar and the nasal steel guitar only intensifies the nostalgic feeling of the song.
Ruediger concludes the project’s story with the title song, “Kid Anymore,” a coming-of-age story in which he struggles with adulthood and the uncertainty of the career he chose while leaving a voicemail message on his mother’s phone.
âThe whole song takes the approach of me having a conversation with my mom over voicemail,â says Ruediger. “At first I call her and ask her for help and advice as I try to navigate the real world, then at the end I think there is a sense of comfort, and even s ‘there is uncertainty, I am excited and understanding that I am an adult now.
Overall, Ruediger says the album gives fans a taste of who he is as a person and shows who he is as an artist, who is a modern country storyteller.
âI try to be very honest in my storytelling, so hopefully people will connect with it and relate to it to some extent, whether it’s your experience in college or you realize that you grow up or are in a relationship, âhe says. . “I think all the songs touch on aspects of life that we all go through.”