Traditional Country Singer/Songwriter ZEPHANIAH OHORAAnnounces New Studio Album
Traditional Country Singer/Songwriter ZEPHANIAH OHORA Announces New Studio Album 'LISTENING TO THE MUSIC' To Be Released AUGUST 28 On LAST ROUNDUP RECORDS
Produced By NEAL CASAL First Single "ALL AMERICAN SINGER" Out Now Traditional country singer/songwriter Zephaniah OHora has announced his highly anticipated second studio album, 'Listening To The Music,' will be released August 28 on Last Roundup Records. Written and recorded in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, the 12-track collection is proof positive that great country music can come from anywhere. Produced by Neal Casal, who would tragically pass away not long after mixing was completed, the collection fuses timeless twang with modern sensibilities, tipping its cap to the likes of Merle Haggard and Gram Parsonsas it explores a distinctly urban, 21st century landscape through a classic country lens. The album's first single, "All American Singer," features the legendary Mickey Raphael on harmonica, as it celebrates music's ability to bridge generations and politics, race and religion. "I've always seen music as a tool for uniting people," says OHora. "A good song can bring people together, no matter what ideology they've adopted. It can serve as a source of solace or a tool for self-reflection. It can remind us what we all share in common." OHora is a master craftsman backed by a virtuosic band here, and his songs absolutely crackle with electricity, moving beyond throwback revivalism to break fresh artistic ground with dazzling fretwork and dizzying pedal steel. The result is a record all about the power of music to bind us to our past and reinvent our future, a lush, intoxicating celebration of melody and memory that connects the considerable miles between Bakersfield and Brooklyn. Born in New Hampshire to a deeply religious family, OHora first became enamored with music as a youngster in church. By his early 20s, he was living in New York, and though he wasn't pursuing music professionally, his burgeoning love for classic country led to a regular gig performing and DJing at a small bar in Williamsburg. Soon he was curating bands for the newly-opened Skinny Dennis, which quickly became the epicenter of the revitalized country scene in New York, and OHora found himself living and breathing the music 24/7 as he booked and performed with some of the finest instrumentalist the city had to offer. Two of them, guitar wizards Luca Benedetti(Martha Redbone, The National Reserve) and Jim Campilongo (Norah Jones, Teddy Thompson), teamed up to produce OHora’s debut, 'This Highway,' which prompted Rolling Stone praise his "razor-sharp band" and "killer new songs" and No Depression to hail his "ability to conjure honest, humble and tearful pathos." Songs from the record racked up more than a million streams on Spotify, and the album helped OHora land dates with the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, Shooter Jennings and Kelsey Waldon in addition to festival slots everywhere from Hopscotch to Pickathon. "People think you have to be from Texas or Nashville to play this music," says OHora. "But that's not the way I see it. Country's all about being true to yourself and telling honest, authentic stories. You can do that anywhere."