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Oh, Jeremiah is the musical cocktail of the musings and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin. Each of his songs is filled with the distinct characteristics of the Deep Southern culture that hes called home for so long. The familiar people and places that he has always known are now the invisible forces that populate his songs simultaneously uplifting and haunting his person musically. His pace, his love of face-to-face conversation, and his enjoyment of wasting an afternoon sitting on a front porch have all given him and his music a flavor worth savoring. In short, he can be considered the 21st Century Tom Sawyer; the friend you would be willing to paint a fence for or take a leap of faith with if you had to run away from the real world.
His debut performance, a shaking, shuffling rendition of Elvis Presley's You Ain't Nothin but a Hound Dog, while holding a glitter-glued, paper-plate guitar, took place at a kindergarten talent show. After a crushing third-place finish, Jeremiah Stricklin swore to never be third again. His musical journey really took off when he was 11 years old and received a hand-me-down guitar from his father. He learned to play guitar before he even learned to ride a bike. Out of all of the hobbies he pursued, music just never went away. One of the first inspirations that shaped his musical passion was seeing the video of Blink 182s Whats My Age Again and thinking, I want to be as old as they are and as happy as they appear. Their album Take Off your Pants and Jacket was the first album he bought with his own money. Stricklin pursued his love of music at the University of Southern Mississippis School of Music. It was during this time that another milestone in his artistic development came while hearing The Nationals Fake Empire on their Boxer album: the words drew him in more than the music. I don't know what he's talking about but I believe it. I want these things to be universal because I feel it, he says of the album. Thus, the two components of Oh Jeremiah were finally in place: the technical complexity of music and lyrical depth.
These two attributes are what have shaped the sound and presentation of Oh, Jeremiah. They have drawn him to musical influences such as Josh Ritter, Shovels and Rope, and Ryan Adams. Stricklins music can best be described as Americana with elements of whimsy and gentle seriousness. He is drawn toward artists who demonstrate vulnerability and a genuine connection with their audience, both lyrically and in performance. He avoids the current simplicity of Pop music, and instead rather pursues exploring the richness of various instrumentation in his songs and his shows. Although this is Stricklins debut solo project, it has been his experiences with multiple bands over the last five years that has inspired and brought him to this place.
And whether you listen to Oh, Jeremiah on car speakers or see him in a crowded venue, you will leave the moment as if you just had a great conversation with a good friend. As one listener once said after a show, I feel like Ive known you my entire life. And thats what Oh Jeremiah shoots for with this project. As with any relationship, there is the thing that attracts you and then the thing that keeps you. For Stricklin, his stage presence and energetic performance is what may draw you to sit down and listen. His lyrics are what will keep you around.
Young Mister is songwriter Steven Fiore, sometimes accompanied by a band of talented musicians across the southeast United States. As a songwriter, Fiore has spent many years building a fan base along both coasts, touring with Jay Clifford (Jump Little Children), Slow Runner, and even regularly performing as a guest vocalist in Jeff Goldblum’s jazz band in Los Angeles. After spending 6 years writing with Universal Music Publishing Group, Fiore is now shedding his skin and stretching into new musical territory as Young Mister with this self-titled, debut album.
Taking influence from classic rock bands like Electric Light Orchestra, Young Mister worked with producer Wolfgang Zimmerman (Brave Baby, The High Divers) to create an album that embodies the ethos of Americana while retaining the distinct, soulful sound that Fiore’s fans know and love. The album ebbs and flows from big band arrangements, such as the brass-filled “The Best Part”, to the catchy and psychedelic “Anybody Out There”, before closing on “Pasadena”, a song whose lyrics take influence from Fiore’s own past as an artist torn between two coasts. The arrangements invoke a deep sense of nostalgia as they are carefully paired with vivid and relatable lyrics that truly resonate with the listener.