On debut launch, NC nation artist conjures southern rock magic alongside Nashville’s hottest rising rock band

Drummer turned nation artist, Jakeb Reel launched ‘(Ballad Of The) Free Chook’ on July 1, 2023. It’s the first single from his self-titled debut EP, set to be launched later this 12 months. Becoming a member of him on the monitor is A Tribe of Horsman, the Nashville by means of Tulsa onerous rock band on the cusp of releasing their sophomore studio album. The band is fronted by Tulsa native, Dhalton Horsman. Though it might seem to be an unlikely pairing, the 2 camps have managed to create an thrilling sound that stands out even among the many most hip and present noisy developments in Nashville.

“I used to be thrilled they had been so keen to collaborate with me and I knew as quickly as I heard the primary notes hit within the studio that it was going to be one thing contemporary,” Reel stated. “In fact it was destined to be — Tribe’s sound is exceptional, huge. It hits you want an elephant.” Horsman and Reel have been pals because the two met whereas enjoying in the identical backing band for an additional Nashville artist a while in the past. Horsman’s Tribe has been working diligently within the studio whereas additionally selling their newest launch ‘Reside on the 5 Spot.’

“Dhalton, Sam, Teddy and Ben have all grow to be very pricey pals of mine. They’re among the few individuals I belief probably the most in Nashville and I like their sound and imaginative and prescient,” Reel stated. “They’re little doubt the toughest working band I’ve seen in a very long time.”

‘(Ballad Of The) Free Chook,’ hearkens again to an old style sound; drawing from the influences of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet morphed with a contemporary honky tonk twang and swagger. It’s keystones embrace the timeless laid again Tulsa sound, vibrant nation pedal metal, and onerous and heavy guitar solos; all of it flows collectively as a becoming backdrop for Reel’s lonesome baritone voice which rolls over all of it just like the thunder within the valleys of his residence within the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The music was recorded over the past months of 2022 and is produced by Russ T. Nutz, a “raunchy tonk” singer in his personal proper and a very long time staple of the underground nation music scene. Russ T. Nutz (aka Russell Anders) has labored as an engineer on a number of albums together with Tellico’s Dehlia Low (2009), City Mountain’s Regular Operator (2011) and The Large Ol’ Nasty Getdown Volumes 1 and a couple of. He at the moment works on the street as audio engineer for the Artimus Pyle Band.

“We had been in the midst of mixing the music once we heard Gary Rossington had handed away,” Reel stated. “So clearly we needed to do one thing that will pay tribute to him and actually honor all the oldsters who we’ve misplaced just lately which have contributed a lot to our craft. You already know, I hear people say ‘no one makes actual nation music anymore’ or ‘oh no one is on the market doing it like they did again then,’ we completely are. We’re out right here making probably the most out of whats left of the music business and I can present you a complete roster of artists you ain’t listening to however must be; we’re out right here. You simply ain’t trying in the suitable hollar.”

Reel wrote the music a couple of years in the past with a childhood buddy he grew up enjoying music with. “We had been jamming and tossing a couple of concepts round and he handed me a sheet of lyrics; I took them residence, reworked them, reduce a demo and that was in all probability about 6 yeas in the past,” Reel stated. After his pricey buddy and co-writer was recognized with a uncommon kind or lymphoma, he determined to incorporate it on his debut report. “We sat down and acquired him arrange with BMI so regardless that he’s combating this terrible factor, that is the 12 months he additionally grew to become a songwriter and acquired his first co-write beneath his belt,” Reel stated. “Even when the music doesn’t go anyplace, there have been so many proficient individuals concerned and everybody has given their best possible to make this factor particular…he hasn’t been in a position to work like regular and so they have two children to feed so the potential to assist one in every of my pals, my household has actually pushed me to get this report out.” Associates in low locations, proper?

Hearken to ‘(Ballad Of The) Free Chook’ on YouTube and Spotify

Discover ‘Reside on the 5 Spot,’ the most recent launch from A Tribe of Horsman here.