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Rusty Shipp releasing new album

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The band Rusty Shipp is releasing its newest album, “Liquid Exorcist” on Thursday. Band members are, from left: Andrew Speed (bass guitar), Russ T. Shipp (guitar and vocals), Waldron-native A.J. Newton (drums) and Eli Apperson (guitar).
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“Liquid Exorcist,” the latest album by Rusty Shipp, a Nashville-based band featuring Waldron’s A.J. Newton, will be available for purchase on Thursday.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The band Rusty Shipp’s newest album has been gaining steam in recent months.

The newest album, “Liquid Exorcist,” featuring Waldron High School alum A.J. Newton on drums, is being released Thursday after previously releasing three singles.

“It turned out to be even better than we had hoped, especially in terms of the feedback we’ve gotten,” Newton said.

Over the past several months, Rusty Shipp, named after band member Russ T. Shipp, released the singles “Breaking Waves,” “Show Me How to Live” and two weeks ago, “Detonator.” “Show Me How to Live” was a cover song, originally done by Audioslave.

The singles have resulted in Rusty Shipp increasing its monthly listeners by thousands through Spotify playlists.

“That’s helped really beef up our numbers,” Newton said.

The band has gotten publicity from several publications including CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Magazine and HM (Heavy Metal) Magazine. The singles have also been played on several radio stations including RadioU, WayLoud and ChristianRock20.

“Breaking Waves” specifically garnered recognition for the music video the band shot in May on the campus of Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville. The set was designed to mimic a submarine, in line with the inspiration of the song, in which ships ran over sea mines left over from World War II, killing the crews.

The video was nominated for a Best Music Video award at the 2019 Zero to 60 awards show by AGD, a development and management firm in Nashville that the band has been working with for the past 1-1/2 years.

Rusty Shipp did not win the award, but performed at the ceremony, which the band members found amusing because of the eclectic genres of music that were represented that night.

“Anytime your art’s appreciated it’s kind of fun,” Newton said. “We think it’s good but you never know what other people are going to think when you’re putting it out there.”

He was thankful for the growing support the band is receiving.

“It’s probably been our most successful release to date as a band even though the album isn’t out yet,” he said on Monday. “To see how the fan base has grown over the last few years, especially over the last year, it’s been a blessing.”

The band will have an album release show at 5 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Grime’s New and Preloved Music in Nashville.

Newton said they have one more show this year at The Pond in Nashville on Dec. 6 before taking the rest of the year off for the holidays.

They plan to go on tour next year in support of the new album. Newton is in the process of locking up shows and festivals, including potentially a couple stops in Shelbyville.