Jeremy Pinnell channels a classic country vibe on stellar ‘OH/KY’

Jeremy Pinnell‘OH/KY’
Jeremy Pinnell (Sofaburn)
4.5 stars out of 5

Northern Kentucky native Jeremy Pinnell, who has carved out a nice niche as a first-rate Americana songwriter with bands like The Light Wires, The Great Depression and The Brothers and The Sisters steps into the spotlight on his remarkable solo debut “OH/KY.” With Cincinnati honky-tonk band The 55’s backing him, Pinnell dives head-first into old-school country music on this sublime release.

Jeremy Pinnell CDThe traditional approach is perfect for his songs of pain and heartache, complete with twangy guitars and plenty of pedal steel. Pinnell pretty much sticks to mid-tempo ballads on the 10-track, 39-minute slab, but still manages to keep listeners enthralled throughout the proceedings.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a clunker in the bunch, but pay special attention to standouts “The Way Country Sounds,” “Loose Women,” “Big Bright World,” “Outlaw Life,” “Them Days and Nights” and set closer “Angel of Mine.” I can’t recommend this one highly enough. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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