Arlo McKinley/ ‘This Mess We’re In’/ Oh Boy Records
Arlo McKinley announces the release of This Mess We're In: a new album, a long look in the mirror, and an internal compass navigating the next chapter of his storied life and burgeoning career. Out July 15 on Oh Boy Records, the follow up to 2020's acclaimed Die Midwestern makes a compelling argument that bad days really do get better, that love is still alive. Across the 11 tracks, captured at Memphis' famed Sam Phillips Recording Service and produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, St. Paul & The Broken Bones), the Cincinnati songwriter emerges from the bleak, emotional fog that hung over his past two years. From the passing of his mother and best friend, to multiple others taken by the devils of addiction, McKinley drew inward for comfort, using the music as a way to orient himself in an uncertain world.