Jeremy Pinnell (from the album Goodbye L.A. available on Sofaburn Records) (by Brian Rock)
Jeremy Pinnell explores hard livin’, hard lovin’, and hard drivin’ on his third album, Goodbye L.A.Recalling life before Covid, Pinnell sings Bluesy, Honky-Tonk tributes to life on the road and the shattered relationships in its wake. “Big Ol’ Good” is a Texas Blues/Rock celebration of chasing illusive dreams of musical stardom. Slide guitar licks, electric organ chords, and throbbing drums lay a funky, dive bar groove as Jeremy Pinnell sings ‘I’m getting by ‘cause my baby found a good fishing hole. I’m getting high on that Rock and Roll. For the money and the beating, I did all I could for that good ol’ big and that big ol’ good’. Whether stardom lies at the end of the road becomes irrelevant as Pinnell loses himself in the joy of making music and taking it on the road.
The road looms large on most every song of this album. Pinnell explains to his stay-at-home lover that he’s being true even while away on the rollicking Honky-Tonk of “Nighttime Eagle”. He fuses Rockabilly and Honky Tonk to explain those times when he’s not entirely true on “Doing My Best”. He uses pedal steel and gives a wink and a nod to the Bakersfield sound in “Wanna Do Something”. Contemplating his addiction to life on the road, he sings ‘it’ll take you for the longest ride till you feel like you just wanna die. I wanna do something else baby, but my mind keeps saying I can’t, and I don’t know why’. Finally finding the strength to return home on Goodbye L.A., Jeremy Pinnell sings a Honky-Tonk tribute to the woman he loves even more than the road.
But before that happy ending, Pinnell wrestles with the failed relationships and self-loathing created by his nomadic lifestyle. “Never Thought of No One” is a lilting, Tom Petty style ballad where he confronts his own selfishness. “Red Roses” and “Cryin’” are tender Soul ballads of heartbreak and regret. “Rosalie,” is a hybrid, Piedmont Blues/Memphis Soul plea for another chance.
Jeremy Pinnell has a voice that hides a tear in every smile. And it’s that quality that really brings these songs to life. Part Waylon Jennings and part Mark Stuart (of Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash) Jeremy Pinnell manages to sound defiant and apologetic at the same time. On the Honky-Tonk anthem, “Fightin’ Man”, he even manages to sound boastful and humble at the same time. A study in contradictions, Pinnell loves both the road and his woman at home. He plays feel good Country stompers that demand a dance floor. Then he breaks your heart with a soulful breakup ballad. Like the road itself, Jeremy Pinnell rises and falls, and twists and turns to capture the intricacies of life’s highways and byways. (by Brian Rock)
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