Now signed to RCA Nashville (expect a label debut later this year), Pinmonkey opted to deliver this indie release, revealing what a musically ambitious, seasoned, and instinctive outfit it is.

Now signed to RCA Nashville (expect a label debut later this year), Pinmonkey opted to deliver this indie release, revealing what a musically ambitious, seasoned, and instinctive outfit it is. Stylistically, Pinmonkey incorporates Appalachian rhythms and inventive bluegrass instrumentation with a sort of Pure Prairie League/Poco country rock flair, all powered by excellent musicianship and sensational vocals from Michael Reynolds. It's a rambunctious, free-spirited trip, with acoustic cuts like "Lonesome Pine Special" and country honk like "Nothin' But Livin' " fitting nicely with the soulful backporch funk of "Black Train" and the smoldering stomp "Devil's Front Door." Reynolds is indeed a wonder on the gorgeous Southern ballads "Augusta" and "Sweet Blossom," the high-flying "Love Sometimes," and the easy-rollin' rocker "Cheap Motel." Having built a rep as a potent live act, here's hoping that being on a major label doesn't water these boys down to Rascal Flatts vintage. Racked by Midwest Artist Distributors.—RW

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