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Arlo McKinley

Ages 18 and up
Friday, August 16
Doors: 6:30pm Show: 8pm
$20



Advanced – General Admission – $20

Week of Show – General Admission – $25 (If any tickets still remain unsold) 


18+ ONLY

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, McKinley first began singing at age eight in the choir at his family’s
Baptist church. Growing up, he imbibed his Kentucky-born father’s LPs, listening to artists like
Hank Williams and George Jones, as well as Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, and Van Morrison. By
his teens, he was playing guitar and singing in punk bands. However, in his twenties he began
writing his own songs, gravitating toward rootsy country and soul sounds, mixing it with his
varied rock influences. A troubled period involving drugs waylaid his career and found him
moving away from music. For several years, he drove a truck delivering tuxedos between
Cincinnati and Detroit. He eventually returned to songwriting and in 2014 released his debut
album, Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound. Hitting the road, he gained wider attention touring
alongside roots luminaries like Tyler Childers, John Moreland, Jason Isbell, and Justin Townes
Earle. In March 2020, he became the final artist signed by legendary singer/songwriter John
Prine’s Oh Boy Records label just before Prine’s death that April. In August 2020, McKinley
released his sophomore album and Oh Boy debut, Die Midwestern, recorded at Sam Phillips
Recording Studio with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang. 2022 saw the release of
McKinley’s third long-player, the inward-looking This Mess We’re In.

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