Songs Ruston Kelly Wrote For Other Artists

While many may know Ruston Kelly for his country music collaborative performances, his works such as the 2016 EP Halloween, or his previous relationship with Kacey Musgraves, Kelly’s musical career took off in the 2010s with songwriting. We highlighted five songs Kelly wrote for other artists.


1. Nashville Without You¨ by Tim McGraw (2013)

Co-written by Kelly, Kyle Jacobs, and Joe Leathers, “Nashville Without You” comes from McGraw’s twelfth studio album Two Lanes of Freedom. The lyrics reference several hit songs by country icons such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. Two Lanes of Freedom topped the Billboard Top Country Album Charts in 2013.


2. “Tuesday Night” by Josh Abbott Band (2014)

“Tuesday Night” is the feature song on Josh Abbott Band’s label debut Tuesday Night EP. Kelly and Abbott’s collaboration reminds listeners to enjoy the little things in life. The following year, Kelly also co-wrote “Front Row Seat” for their studio album by the same name.

3. “Run of Good Luck” by Rob Baird (2016)

In an interview with American Songwriter, Baird explained that “I wrote this song with my buddy Ruston Kelly in Nashville on a snow day, and Music Row was completely deserted.” Featured on the album Wrong Side of the River, “Run of Good Luck” details the rediscovery of oneself and looking towards greater things in the future.


4. “Love Is So Easy” by Hayes Carll (2016)