Borrowing their name from the Merle Haggard tune, the husband and wife team of Matt and Leslie Bosson formed The Running Kind into a band that is the sonic sum of many musical parts. Leslie, who has a love for country music and also studies opera, claims that what the two genres have in common is “You get to tell great stories with a strong vocal line.” Matt, a former member of the Massachusetts punk band Beatrice and the LA rock outfit Lonesome Pie, downshifted a little and challenged himself to write in a more emotive voice while drawing his thematic inspiration from the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and certainly, Haggard.
While the blend of the Bosson’s voices has been compared to other duos like Johnny & June, John Doe & Exene and Richard & Linda Thompson, their unique sound sets the The Running Kind apart from those pioneers along a track all its own. “We like to play some traditional country numbers, but we also like to rock,” says Matt. “We’re always trying to make music that’s a little more expansive, arrangement-wise.”
This 10 Song collection demonstrates what’s best about Americana music today. Strong songwriting, terrific harmonizing and deft musicianship combine to make a potent mix of tradition and innovation that comes together in ways both fresh and familiar.