Gifted singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley will release his debut solo record at age 40 on John Prine’s Oh Boy records – after he almost gave up on music altogether, his story is one of hope and sincerity, and he is living proof that great songs will reach the right ears eventually, even if it takes time. McKinley’s “Die Midwestern”, is deeply rooted in street soul, country, punk and gospel and draws on personal stories, set against the backdrop of his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was crafted downriver, in Memphis’ legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service, produced by GRAMMY award-winning Matt Ross-Spang, with an all-star Memphis band of Ken Coomer, David Smith, Will Sexton, Rick Steff, Jessie Munson and Reba Russell. There, McKinley recorded ten remarkable songs – some dating back 15 years – all penned with a weight, honesty and gritty-hope that comes from living in the rustbelt city where his songs were born.
McKinley has been making a name for himself around the country, humbly sharing stages with kindred musical spirits John Moreland, Jason Isbell and contemporary rising singer/songwriters Ian Noe and Colter Wall, eventually attracting the attention of Oh Boy, who signed him in March 2020. McKinley is the last artist Prine and his son Jody signed together. “Die Midwestern” remains an album of hope and McKinley knows first-hand how his music can connect with his growing audience.
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