JP Ruggieri boasts great melodies with familiar music accented with unique hints of production that fit perfectly in the song.
Pulling from the American traditions of blues, jazz, and folk, JP Ruggieri makes rhythmic, groove-based roots music. It’s a sound grounded in sharp songwriting and nuanced production, created by a longtime road warrior who not only fronts his own project, but regularly performs as a sideman for other genre-bending acts.
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Gradually Descend Into Chaos, his second full-length album, finds Ruggieri in resilient shape, turning a number of challenges — including heartbreak, a lifelong stutter, and a chronic pain condition that upended his day-to-day life for five years — into songs that are vulnerable, eclectic, and even celebratory. Ruggieri is familiar with struggle, but he’s familiar with salvation, too. Gradually Descend Into Chaos explores the territory between the two, with Ruggieri tapping fellow multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix (longtime drummer for The Wood Brothers) as his collaborator…[read more]