Hattiesburg, Mississippi is often thought of as the birthplace of rock n roll. Mississippi itself offers legends Elvis, Robert Johnson, BB King, Muddy Waters to name a few. From this hallowed tradition comes modern day troubadours Oh, Jeremiah, the duo comprised of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin Raber. Their debut THE OTHER END OF PASSING TIME comes out on August 19th. The first single, “Happy Now” is available on iTunes, on May 20. CLICK HERE FOR PRE-ORDER
The devil that is at the heart of the Mississippi blues is a central character in THE OTHER END OF PASSING TIME. Oh, Jeremiah weaves the omnipresent figure of the South into the songwriting on the album. The track “Dinner Conversations” offers three seats at the table, one of which is for the devil. “Tremble” is born out of those ideas that “we are warned about all our lives” and on the song “Bandits” the lyrics include, “It’s hard to lace our fingers when the devil comes between us.”
Jeremiah Stricklin notes how the dark force permeated life in the Bible Belt South where he was born and raised. “The devil was a pervasive force in our lives. Phrases like “letting the devil in” and “the devil winning” were common in conversation. It wasn’t until we toured that we realized not everyone learned it that way.”
That’s not to say THE OTHER END OF PASSING TIME is all darkness; levity and irony permeate the release. The first single “Happy Now” is a sarcastic look at love lost, while “Mississippi I’m Yours” is a cynical love letter to the motherland and all its grace. Other tracks such as “Oh, My brother” and “One Room Apartment” tap into universal themes of loneliness and ultimately being left behind. According to Stricklin, “This album was written the year after college, which was the loneliest year of my life. These feelings encapsulate THE OTHER END OF PASSING TIME.”
The album was produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival) at Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, ME. Kassirer says, “There are very few artists that I immediately know I want to work with after hearing just a couple demos and not having even met them before. Oh, Jeremiah was one of those for me. All the attributes that make up good music from the songwriting to the range of musical ideas were there from the beginning even before we hit the studio. And most importantly, those attributes are there in an honest and authentic way”
Oh Jeremiah is on the road this June; a full list of dates is below. More to come!
June 3- Evening Muse- Charlotte, NC (w/ Alexis and the Samurai)