MELBOURNE, KY.—Jeremy Pinnell grew up in a religious family in Northern Kentucky, sang in church and, predictably, from his vantage, found his way into hardcore and punk music.
All he wears from that era are arm fulls of tattoos and spiritual battle scars from the road. Today, Pinnell is one of the most respected country music artists in the Tri-State area. His latest record, "OH/KY," has won praise from critics and fans as "honest" country. But to get there, Pinnell had to pull himself away from music for two years and "relearn" how to write and perform.
This video features a conversation with Pinnell and footage of him performing at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati. Pinnell and his band, the 55s, perform on the Buckle Up Festival 's Amphitheater stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 18.
IF YOU GO ...
What: Buckle Up Music Festival
When: 2 to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, July 18-20
Where: Yeatman's Cove/Sawyer Point, Cincinnati
Cost: $69 single day, $159 three days, $325 VIP weekend.