Photo by Emma Delevante
This spring, rust belt city songwriter Arlo McKinley returns to the stage to kick off another restless year of touring. From the end of April through late May, the Oh Boy Records recording artist will head out from his home in Cincinnati on a run of US performances across the Southeast and East Coast, including a stop at MerleFest, two of his first-ever headlining shows in New York City, and more listed below.
All dates are on sale now, with tickets available here:
Backed by a band of drums, bass, pedal steel, guitar and banjo, Arlo McKinley will debut a collection of brand new music all throughout the upcoming Spring Tour, in addition to sets full of songs from Die Midwestern, “a raw but perfectly balanced album laced with existential crises, addictions, and world-weary resilience” (The FADER). Upon its release in the midst of 2020, Die Midwestern earned critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The Tennessean and more, but has since taken on a new life now that McKinley is finally able to play it live.
From growing up singing and playing guitar in a Baptist church, to working a job delivering tuxedos on long drives between Cincinnati and Detroit, and now drawing comparisons to the likes of Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle and Tyler Childers, Arlo McKinley has always felt most honest and comfortable writing and performing his own music.
He will have more news to share soon, including additional dates on his first international tour – a far cry from the DIY circuit where he cut his teeth, or the Nashville High Watt stage where he won over John Prine.
Arlo McKinley – Spring 2022 Tour
4/29 – White Sulphur Springs, WV – Cross Creek on Main
4/30 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest
5/4 – Greenville, SC – Radio Room
5/5 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
5/6 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
5/7 – Huntersville, NC – NC Brewers & Music Festival
5/9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/12 – Wayne, PA – 118 North
5/13 – Worcester, MA – Off The Rails
5/14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
5/17 – Washington, DC – Hill Country BBQ
5/18 – Berlin, MD – Globe Gastro Theater
5/21 – Sevierville, TN – Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass Festival