Sounds Like: No frills honky-rock with plenty of pedal steel, Western swing and vocals as smooth as the highest dollar whiskey
For Fans of: Buck Owens, Joshua Hedley, Paul Cauthen
Why You Should Pay Attention: Jeremy Pinnell caught the ears of fans and critics alike when he released his debut album Oh/Ky in 2014. The album arrived on the cusp of traditional country's popular renaissance and earned the Kentucky native praise for his aching voice, honest songwriting and Western sensibilities. Pinnell just released a follow-up album in Ties of Blood and Affection, a stellar collection that could earn Pinnell comparisons to Sturgill Simpson.
He Says: "I definitely felt more freedom in making this album. Just accepting who I was and what I sounded like. Any artist will tell you they hate hearing themselves." As for writing meaningful songs, Pinnell says, "I’d say [it's] the honesty in the delivery. If you mean what you're singing then it'll show."
Hear for Yourself: "Ballad of 1892" is hardscrabble honky-tonk at its best, nodding to Johnny Cash and Buck Owens in equal measure. B.M.