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Click here to listen to Jeremy Pinnell’s new track “Ballad of 1892” from his forthcoming LP “Ties of Blood and Affection” via No Depression

Jeremy Pinnell Premieres “Ballad of 1892” and Announces New Album
by Tara Joan

When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. This unassuming northern Kentucky singer-songwriter sauntered and ripped through ten instant country classics that tracked as so confident and comfortable that it could have been mistaken for a seasoned musician’s creative peak. The songs themselves, reverent of Americana’s most enduring traditions, presented the man’s scope – his misadventures, loves, failures, and contradictions.

If OH/KY was the self-assured introduction of an unconventional new talent, his 2017 album Ties of Blood and Affection presents a canny lateral move. Instead of doubling down on the stark themes and values of his debut, this sophomore album finds Pinnell finding comfort in his own skin and achieving the redemption only hinted at in his previous batch of haunted songs. Here Pinnell joyfully embraces the working life, family obligations, and faith. His new stories delve into acceptance and survival, all the while investigating his most challenging chapter yet: adulthood. While “If life don’t get any better / I’m alright with this” isn’t an out-right triumph, it’s an honest revelation.

Musically, Ties of Blood and Affection maintains a comfortable and confident stride within its nine tracks which includes opener “Ballad of 1892” a honky-tonkin’ tale brought to life by Pinnell’s knowing vocals as well as some fine steel and guitar work. Pinnell had this to say about the track…

“I believe in the rights and protection of workers, I believe in unions. This is a story of two people who devoted their lives to these very things.”

Jeremy Pinnell’s Ties of Blood and Affection will be available August 11th on CD, digital and streaming formats via SofaBurn Records.





In their home state of Ohio, the Cricketbows have carved out their own psych-rock sound and in the process they’ve won over loyal fans. Their sound is both catchy and strikingly original, but when it came time to record their new album the band decided to do something different. The five members of the band decided to mine their own favorite bands for inspiration, specifically the ones that had the biggest impact on them while growing up. As a result, they found themselves influenced by classic acts like The Beatles, The Byrds, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead, as well as ’80s and ’90s college radio and indie stalwarts like R.E.M., The Replacements, X, Uncle Tupelo and Lollapalooza generation giants like Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and their hometown heroes, Guided By Voices and The Breeders.

Produced by Buffalo Killers’ Zachary Gabbard, this six-track effort, entitled Communion, is the band’s first release since their 2015 debut album, Diamonds (produced by Grammy Award recipient Brian Olive). The EP, which drops on September 8th via Mosquito Hawk Records, will also coincide with the release of a full-length film entitled “Where The Ocean Meets The Sky” that will feature behind-the-scenes footage and videos for all of the songs from Communion.

Today Glide Magazine is premiering one of the standout tracks on Communion. “Games People Play” is an exuberant pop-laden rocker. Lively harmonies and soaring guitars give the song a pumped up 70’s rock and roll sound, and it is clearly one of the loudest, fastest tunes on the EP.

Reflecting on the song, the Cricketbows frontman Chad Wells has this to say:

“I had just learned that Donovan had shown The Beatles a little chord shape trick while studying with the Maharishi and that shape was the basis for the chords that made the song ‘Blackbird’ on the White Album. I decided that I wanted to write a song using that trick and this is what came flowing out. It starts way back in the ’70s with me playing Batman with my friends and getting ditched and then it rolls through stuff that is reality for kids with divorced parents and even a little bridge that’s aimed at the current ruling class in America.”

Cricketbows release Communion on Mosquito Hawk Records September 8th. For more music and info visit

Photo credit: Kyle Sweney

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