Album cover artwork for Die Midwestern by Arlo McKinleyCincinnati, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley was the last artist signed by John Prine to his Oh Boy Records label, before the latter passed away. And that’s saying something.

At 40 years of age McKinley came close to throwing it all in, and here he is releasing his debut solo album.

It’s not hard to see what Prine liked. These are beautiful, personal and brutally honest songs of hard times and hope, sung from a big guy with a sweet, soulful voice. Recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service with an all-star Memphis band, it was produced by Grammy Award-winning Matt Ross-Spang. Remember his name; this is good stuff.

Die Midwestern by Arlo McKinley is out now on CD, with vinyl coming September 25, via Cooking Vinyl.

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