Ruston Kelly’s “1000 Graves” Is A Heartbreaking Story Of Love During War

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Ruston Kelly‘s Halloween is a raw, introspective record that has been garnering well-deserved attention since its release in April. One of the stand-out tracks is the moody “1000 Graves”, which just got paired with an equally emotional video. The video shares the story of a veteran returned home, wrestling with the memory of a love who was ripped away from her in combat.


The protagonist copes with her PTSD and pain through all-too familiar ways, drinking away her pain and pushing herself into isolation. She wrestles with the good memories and bad dreams that startle her awake. In sum, it is a devastating look into the life of a veteran with a love angle we aren’t used to seeing.

Kelly is touring with John Moreland through February and will back up Brian Fallon on his solo tour through March and April.