If you Google Kevin Rutkiewicz, you may be surprised that you are redirected to a page, in which they’re talking about a Scottish professional footballer. Checking Google images, there’ll be no doubt, the folk pop singer and the football player are the same person. Moreover, he’s a pretty good singer, as the single Fair Drawin In proves.
Rutkiewicz is the current captain of St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League, and also a Glaswegian singer/songwriter, who over the past years expressed his desire to be involved in music. Indeed, one year ago he released his debut album Handwritter, produced by Gerard McCafferty. Kevin playing the guitar again after an injury at his first club Aberdeen and produced enough material to play some gigs at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Thanks to Kevin’s Glasgow accent he’s been compared to famous Scottish artists like Paolo Nutini and the Proclaimers.
Even if Fair Drawin’ In in a reminder of Nutini’s sound, Rutkiewicz develops some good guitar lines, approaching some acoustic riffs, which resemble Eric Mongrain’s instrumental tracks. Simple and minimal, Fair Drawin’ In is led by guitar and his voice, melodic but yet firm enough. Kevin is eventually joined by a second voice, which acts as a countermelody. Sunny, melodic, relaxed – Kevin wants to transmit to us the contentment that music has brought to his life.