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Ridge Runners Rock Hard with Politically Poignant Single ‘The Rest of Us

Ridge Runner’s latest single, ‘The Rest of Us,’ is a full-throttle dive into rock stardom. This track is a raw, no-frills rock & roll experience, packed with pounding drums, gritty guitars, rich organ sounds, and a vocal performance that grabs you by the ears and doesn’t let go.



Right from the start, the band blasts off with energy. They’re loud, confident, and clearly on a mission. Coleman Rigg’s lyrics hit hard, addressing divisive politics, the military-industrial complex, shallow entertainment, shady corporate practices, and ineffective leadership. His words are both potent and heartfelt, reminiscent of rock legends like John Fogerty and the modern edge of Sam Fender. Despite the heavy topics, Rigg weaves in a message of hope and optimism, celebrating the resilience of the people—the same force that built the USA.


Rigg shares the inspiration behind the song: “Like many others, I’ve spent the last several years shaking my head and feeling discouraged by the news cycle. After a while, I realized that we always find ways to endure despite it all... I attribute this to the strength of the people. We support our leaders by going to work, paying taxes, going to fight their wars, raising good families for the next generation, and in a million other ways. While politics, business, and media get all of the attention, the spirit of the people is the unsung hero that keeps us going. This song is an ode to those who persist against all odds… the rest of us.”


And then there’s Rigg’s voice. It’s nothing short of incredible. His vocals add an extra layer of depth to the song, making every word resonate. Whether he's belting out a powerful chorus or delivering a softer, introspective line, Rigg’s voice is the heartbeat of this track. He has that rare talent of making you feel every emotion he pours into his performance, turning ‘The Rest of Us’ into more than just a song—it’s an experience.



The production of ‘The Rest of Us’ is another highlight. Recorded as a live take, it captures the raw, unfiltered energy of the band playing together. Philly music powerhouse Barney Cortez led the recording process at his studio, The Church, perfectly encapsulating Ridge Runner’s essence. Longtime collaborator Matt Poirier, known for his work with The National and Restorations, mixed and mastered the track, giving it a polished yet powerful finish.


Since their debut in 2020 with the hit single ‘Too Close,’ Ridge Runner has been a vibrant presence in the Philly music scene. They’re known for electrifying performances and heartfelt lyrics, building a strong following through sold-out shows and an evolving discography. Their sound—a unique blend of classic rock spirit and modern indie flair—is showcased in their ten singles and two albums, ‘Coleman Rigg & The Ridge Runners’ and ‘A Place I Never Thought I’d Be.’ Frontman Coleman Rigg, along with Zach Kaeser (guitar), Brett Harder (keys), John Kaeser (drums), and Kevin McCall (bass), draws inspiration from legends like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty while channeling the edgy vibes of Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks. Their music is a testament to their ethos: authenticity, hard work, and a deep love for rock music. ‘The Rest of Us’ cements Ridge Runner’s place as a mainstay in the Philly rock scene. It’s a powerful statement from a band that’s just getting started, and their journey is one to watch.



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